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July 4, 2022

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct wins NSW Architecture Medallion

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia’s newest cultural precinct, has received awards in four categories at the 2022 NSW Architecture Awards, the state’s most celebrated architectural honours presented by the Australian Institute of Architects. Selected by a jury led by former NSW Government Architect Peter Mould, the Precinct received the state’s top award, the NSW Architecture Medallion, for the transformation of Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5 undertaken by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects. The Precinct also received the awards for Public Architecture, Greenway Award for Heritage and a commendation for Interior Architecture.

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia’s newest cultural precinct, has received awards in four categories at the 2022 NSW Architecture Awards, the state’s most celebrated architectural honours presented by the Australian Institute of Architects. Selected by a jury led by former NSW Government Architect Peter Mould, the Precinct received the state’s top award, the NSW Architecture Medallion, for the transformation of Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5 undertaken by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects. The Precinct also received the awards for Public Architecture, Greenway Award for Heritage and a commendation for Interior Architecture.

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June 29, 2022

Sydney Contemporary announces AMPLIFY, an ambitious and diverse installation program for 2022

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s premier art fair has today announced AMPLIFY – the newly named and highly anticipated Installation Contemporary program.

Designed to exhibit large-scale artworks in a diverse range of media, including moving-image, or more ambitious and conceptually driven projects that extend beyond the traditional booth presentation, AMPLIFY presents an opportunity to view innovative, site-specific, and interactive installations in the environment of Carriageworks.

Curated by Annika Kristensen, Visual Arts Curator at Perth Festival, and Associate Curator at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA),  participating artists include Angela Tiatia who will present Narcissus, a contemporary reimagining of the classical Greek myth, exploring contemporary visual culture’s worship of the self, pictured.

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s premier art fair has today announced AMPLIFY – the newly named and highly anticipated Installation Contemporary program.

Designed to exhibit large-scale artworks in a diverse range of media, including moving-image, or more ambitious and conceptually driven projects that extend beyond the traditional booth presentation, AMPLIFY presents an opportunity to view innovative, site-specific, and interactive installations in the environment of Carriageworks.

Curated by Annika Kristensen, Visual Arts Curator at Perth Festival, and Associate Curator at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA),  participating artists include Angela Tiatia who will present Narcissus, a contemporary reimagining of the classical Greek myth, exploring contemporary visual culture’s worship of the self, pictured.

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June 28, 2022

Anna Schwartz Gallery unveils a new exhibition by Chiharu Shiota: State of Being

Anna Schwartz Gallery has unveiled Chiharu Shiota: State of Being, an exhibition of new works by the acclaimed Japanese artist presented until 30 July 2022. State of Being is being exhibited concurrently with Shiota’s The Soul Trembles – curated by Mami Kataoka, Director of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo – at QAGOMA. A significant moment in Shiota’s twenty-five-year artistic practice, each of these Australian exhibitions are new touch points in Shiota’s devotion to exploring the tangle of memory and dreams and their transcendence into our waking lives.

Anna Schwartz Gallery has unveiled Chiharu Shiota: State of Being, an exhibition of new works by the acclaimed Japanese artist presented until 30 July 2022. State of Being is being exhibited concurrently with Shiota’s The Soul Trembles – curated by Mami Kataoka, Director of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo – at QAGOMA. A significant moment in Shiota’s twenty-five-year artistic practice, each of these Australian exhibitions are new touch points in Shiota’s devotion to exploring the tangle of memory and dreams and their transcendence into our waking lives.

State of Being is comprised of work in both two and three dimensions, all realised through the artist’s signature language of threads. A a sculptural human figure in red rests beneath yet connected to an immense web that spans the gallery from wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling. On a more intimate scale, sculptures and works on canvas and paper offer an opportunity to see details of Shiota’s thinking. Reclaimed love letters, diaries and photographs, found by the artist in flea markets, are artefacts of other lives lived in other places.

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June 25, 2022

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents the first Australian museum exhibition of acclaimed light artist Bruce Munro

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents Bruce Munro: From Sunrise Road, the first museum exhibition in Australia of the work of internationally celebrated English/Australian artist Bruce Munro, best known for his interactive, large-scale light installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience. Presented from 25 June to 16 October, the exhibition combines spectacular indoor and outdoor experiential artworks with intimate story-pieces, revealing the depth of the artist’s practice and the breadth of his sources, from the personal and philosophical to the literary and spiritual.

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents Bruce Munro: From Sunrise Road, the first museum exhibition in Australia of the work of internationally celebrated English/Australian artist Bruce Munro, best known for his interactive, large-scale light installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience. Presented from 25 June to 16 October, the exhibition combines spectacular indoor and outdoor experiential artworks with intimate story-pieces, revealing the depth of the artist’s practice and the breadth of his sources, from the personal and philosophical to the literary and spiritual.

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June 23, 2022

CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENTS A MAJOR SOLO EXHIBITION BY INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST MEL O’CALLAGHAN

Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts precinct presents a major solo exhibition by acclaimed Australian artist Mel O’Callaghan titled All is Life, which expands on the artist’s continued exploration of the relationship between life and nonlife. Presented free to the public from 23 June to 21 August 2022, the exhibition, which has been curated by Aarna Fitzgerald Hanley, includes an ambitious sculptural installation activated by performances, a new sound work, and a two-channel film capturing the sacred ritual Dhalo, shot by the artist on a recent trip to Ambaulim, Goa in India.

Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts precinct presents a major solo exhibition by acclaimed Australian artist Mel O’Callaghan titled All is Life, which expands on the artist’s continued exploration of the relationship between life and nonlife. Presented free to the public from 23 June to 21 August 2022, the exhibition, which has been curated by Aarna Fitzgerald Hanley, includes an ambitious sculptural installation activated by performances, a new sound work, and a two-channel film capturing the sacred ritual Dhalo, shot by the artist on a recent trip to Ambaulim, Goa in India.

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June 15, 2022

Sydney Contemporary announces its highly anticipated Performance Contemporary and Kid Contemporary programs

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, has announced their highly anticipated Performance Contemporary and Kid Contemporary programs. The sixth edition of Australasia’s premier art fair and one of the most significant and celebrated art events on the cultural calendar, Sydney Contemporary, will present over 90 leading Australian and New Zealand galleries exhibiting the work of over 450 artists hailing from 35 countries, from 8-11 September 2022 at Carriageworks.

Performance Contemporary, curated by Jeff Khan (Artistic Director) and Samantha Watson-Wood (Artistic Advisor) of Performance Space, presents work by Salote Tawale, WeiZen Ho, Rakini Devi and Alli Sebastian Wolf, four artists reflecting the incredible diversity of practices, artforms and ideas that make up the contemporary performance environment today.

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, has announced their highly anticipated Performance Contemporary and Kid Contemporary programs. The sixth edition of Australasia’s premier art fair and one of the most significant and celebrated art events on the cultural calendar, Sydney Contemporary, will present over 90 leading Australian and New Zealand galleries exhibiting the work of over 450 artists hailing from 35 countries, from 8-11 September 2022 at Carriageworks.

Performance Contemporary, curated by Jeff Khan (Artistic Director) and Samantha Watson-Wood (Artistic Advisor) of Performance Space, presents work by Salote Tawale, WeiZen Ho, Rakini Devi and Alli Sebastian Wolf, four artists reflecting the incredible diversity of practices, artforms and ideas that make up the contemporary performance environment today. Working across video, installation and performance and exploring themes spanning ritual, celebration, environment, and identity, the 2022 Performance Contemporary program artists share a bold use of movement, colour, gesture, and interdisciplinary forms.

Kid Contemporary will occupy a dedicated space at the Fair, with children of all ages are invited to create an artwork inspired by Venezuelan/Australian artist Nadia Hernández’s practice. In “It’s time for sancocho!” children can create their own art mobiles from handcrafted paper cut-outs and stencils.

Image: Alli Sebastian Wolf, ‘Frill Neck Lizard’, performance

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June 14, 2022

BUNDANON ANNOUNCES PARALLEL LANDSCAPES EXHIBITION AND PUBLIC PROGRAM

Bundanon’s Season 2 program: Parallel Landscapes presents four distinct artistic approaches to the Shoalhaven environment and wider Australian bush. The Season 2 program will be presented to the public from 2 July – 6 November 2022 at the recently opened Bundanon Art Museum.

Encompassing three exhibitions the program explores different ways to view the natural world, ranging from the historical to the contemporary. The exhibitions are Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul; The Hidden by Tim Georgeson and William Barton; and The River and the Sea by Reuben Ernest Brown (Uncle Ben Brown).

Bundanon’s Season 2 program: Parallel Landscapes presents four distinct artistic approaches to the Shoalhaven environment and wider Australian bush. The Season 2 program will be presented to the public from 2 July – 6 November 2022 at the recently opened Bundanon Art Museum.

Encompassing three exhibitions the program explores different ways to view the natural world, ranging from the historical to the contemporary. The exhibitions are Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul; The Hidden by Tim Georgeson and William Barton; and The River and the Sea by Reuben Ernest Brown (Uncle Ben Brown). The exhibitions reflect Bundanon’s central vision, as established by the Boyd family when gifting the property to the public in 1993 – to foster an appreciation for and understanding of landscape and art.

 

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June 2, 2022

Sydney Fringe Festival announces largest and longest festival to date for 2022

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, has announced its largest and longest program to date. Presented from 16 August – 30 September 2022, the Festival will start two weeks earlier than usual to accommodate over 500 events following an unprecedented response to this year’s registration campaign. After two years of cancellations, Sydney Fringe is set to once again highlight the city’s vibrant culture with a diverse program spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical theatre, dance, circus, literature and poetry.

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, has announced its largest and longest program to date. Presented from 16 August – 30 September 2022, the Festival will start two weeks earlier than usual to accommodate over 500 events following an unprecedented response to this year’s registration campaign. After two years of cancellations, Sydney Fringe is set to once again highlight the city’s vibrant culture with a diverse program spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical theatre, dance, circus, literature and poetry.

 

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May 31, 2022

Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero appointed as Artistic Directors of the 24th Biennale of Sydney 2024

The Biennale of Sydney has announced Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero as the Artistic Directors of the 24th Biennale of Sydney, which will take place 9 March – 10 June 2024.

Over the past 10 years, Costinaș and Guerrero have co-curated a number of exhibitions together. As co-curators, their exhibitions embrace the multiplicities of people’s viewpoints, reflected in the unique experiences and possibilities that art can provide, inviting people to challenge and be challenged, to learn and celebrate together.

The Biennale of Sydney has announced Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero as the Artistic Directors of the 24th Biennale of Sydney, which will take place 9 March – 10 June 2024.

Over the past 10 years, Costinaș and Guerrero have co-curated a number of exhibitions together. As co-curators, their exhibitions embrace the multiplicities of people’s viewpoints, reflected in the unique experiences and possibilities that art can provide, inviting people to challenge and be challenged, to learn and celebrate together. For the 24th Biennale of Sydney (2024), Australia’s vibrant communities will be central to their thinking, while seeing the biennale as a place that reaffirms the urgency for international dialogue.

Cosmin Costinaș is currently the curator of the Romanian Pavilion for the 59th Venice Biennale (2022). He was the Executive Director and Curator of Para Site, Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. He was recently Artistic Director of Kathmandu Triennale 2022, the fourth edition of Nepal’s premier international platform for global contemporary arts. Costinaș is a Curatorial Adviser at the Aichi Triennale (2022). He was Guest Curator at the Dhaka Art Summit ’18 (2018), Co-curator of the 10th Shanghai Biennale (2014), curator of BAK, Utrecht (2008-2011), Co-curator of the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinburg (2010) and Editor of documenta 12 Magazines, documenta 12, Kassel (2005–2007).

Inti Guerrero is currently tutor of the Curatorial Studies programme at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts-KASK, Ghent. He was the Artistic Director of bap – bellas artes projects, Manila (2018-2022), Curator of the 38th EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick (2018), Artistic Director of TEOR/éTica, San Jose (2011-2014) and the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator at Tate, London (2016-2020). In 2016, Guerrero was the inaugural curator in residence of the International Visiting Curators Program by Artspace and UNSW Art & Design, Sydney. As an independent curator, Guerrero has curated exhibitions across Asia, Europe and Latin America, including ‘Institute for Tropical and Galactical Studies’ in the Yokohama Triennale 2020, ‘A Chronicle of Interventions,’ Tate Modern, London (2014) and ‘A Transatlantic Affair. Josephine Baker and Le Corbusier,’ Museum of Art of Rio-MAR in Rio de Janeiro (2014). He has edited and contributed his writing to numerous books, magazines, and exhibition catalogues and has taught and lectured at different universities, art academies, and institutions across the world.

 

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May 23, 2022

HOTA announces 20th anniversary of Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has announced entries are open for the 20th anniversary of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, one of Australia’s most significant awards for contemporary photographic practice.

The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award provides a national platform for emerging and established artists. As the richest prize for photography in Queensland, the $25,000 acquisitive award is open to artists working in the broad medium of contemporary photography.

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has announced entries are open for the 20th anniversary of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, one of Australia’s most significant awards for contemporary photographic practice.

The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award provides a national platform for emerging and established artists. As the richest prize for photography in Queensland, the $25,000 acquisitive award is open to artists working in the broad medium of contemporary photography. Visitors to the exhibition will also get to choose their favourite artwork with the inclusion for the first time of a $5,000 People’s Choice Award.

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May 23, 2022

Bell Shakespeare’s lively and heartfelt production The Comedy of Errors to tour to 20 venues around Australia

Bell Shakespeare will take its production of The Comedy of Errors on a major national tour to 20 cities and regional centres across Australia in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory from July through October this year. Due to be presented in 2020 but disrupted due to COVID, the company revives this vibrant and hilarious production that at its core is a beautiful and timely story about family reunion.

Bell Shakespeare will take its production of The Comedy of Errors on a major national tour to 20 cities and regional centres across Australia in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory from July through October this year. Due to be presented in 2020 but disrupted due to COVID, the company revives this vibrant and hilarious production that at its core is a beautiful and timely story about family reunion.

Directed by longtime Bell Shakespeare collaborator Janine Watson, the play is a comedic and heartfelt romp of swapped identities, misguided love, mistaken imprisonment, and chaotic mishap. Set in the 1970s, a time in history when global tensions were sky high but was juxtaposed with social movements fighting for liberation and change, the production takes place over a 24-hour period in a colourful and hedonistic seaside land that feels as if anything can and will happen. Two sets of twins who have been separated for decades strive to be brought back together, and as the dawn arises, all the threads come untangled, and the truth is revealed.

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May 23, 2022

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents a new exhibition by Chiharu Shiota: State of Being

Anna Schwartz, Founder of Anna Schwartz Gallery, muses that there has been a thread connecting her and the gallery with Chiharu Shiota since they first met at Detached in 2011 in Tasmania at her installation In Silence, incorporating a burnt piano into a black web. In 2017, they again met in Venice when Shiota represented Japan with The Key in the Hand. Anna Schwartz Gallery is honoured to present State of Being: new works and the continuation of the connection.

Anna Schwartz, Founder of Anna Schwartz Gallery, muses that there has been a thread connecting her and the gallery with Chiharu Shiota since they first met at Detached in 2011 in Tasmania at her installation In Silence, incorporating a burnt piano into a black web. In 2017, they again met in Venice when Shiota represented Japan with The Key in the Hand. Anna Schwartz Gallery is honoured to present State of Being: new works and the continuation of the connection. State of Being will exhibit concurrently with Shiota’s The Soul Trembles – curated by Mami Kataoka, Director of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo – at QAGOMA. A significant moment in Shiota’s twenty-five-year artistic practice, each of these Australian exhibitions are new touch points in Shiota’s devotion to exploring the tangle of memory and dreams and their transcendence into our waking lives.

State of Being will present works that span Shiota’s practice. Sculptural works, canvases, and a large-scale installation will envelope the gallery space, creating the absorbing effect that has come to be definitive of Shiota’s practice.

Image: State of Being (Diary), 2022, Metal frame, diary, thread, 50 x 50 x 30 cm

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May 17, 2022

Sydney Contemporary returns this Spring with strongest fair to date

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with Principal Partner MA Financial Group, unveiled plans for the Fair’s sixth edition. Marking the first physical edition since 2019, the Fair returns with a stellar line-up of 85+ emerging and established galleries from Australia and New Zealand, presented at Carriageworks, Australia’s largest multi-arts centre, from Thursday, 8 – Sunday, 11 September 2022.

Image: Betty Pumani

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with Principal Partner MA Financial Group, unveiled plans for the Fair’s sixth edition. Marking the first physical edition since 2019, the Fair returns with a stellar line-up of 85+ emerging and established galleries from Australia and New Zealand, presented at Carriageworks, Australia’s largest multi-arts centre, from Thursday, 8 – Sunday, 11 September 2022.

Image: Betty Pumani

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May 13, 2022

IORDANES SPYRIDON GOGOS X POWERHOUSE UNVEIL ICONIC COLLABORATION FOR AFTERPAY AUSTRALIAN FASHION WEEK

On Thursday 12 May 2022, the Powerhouse staged Iordanes Spyridon Gogos’ (ISG) highly anticipated runway show for Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) 2022. The unique collaboration transformed the Powerhouse’s iconic Boiler Hall for the first AAFW runway show in the museum’s 142-year history.

The Powerhouse workshop team collaborated with ISG to realise the vibrant ‘deconstructed castle’ runway. Artistic direction was led by Benn Hamilton, set design by Max Rixon and spatial design by Tayarch Design Studio, all mainstay ISG collaborators who worked with the Powerhouse team to create more than 15 sculptural works along with painted banners, set pieces and wearable art objects.

On Thursday 12 May 2022, the Powerhouse staged Iordanes Spyridon Gogos’ (ISG) highly anticipated runway show for Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) 2022. The unique collaboration transformed the Powerhouse’s iconic Boiler Hall for the first AAFW runway show in the museum’s 142-year history.

The Powerhouse workshop team collaborated with ISG to realise the vibrant ‘deconstructed castle’ runway. Artistic direction was led by Benn Hamilton, set design by Max Rixon and spatial design by Tayarch Design Studio, all mainstay ISG collaborators who worked with the Powerhouse team to create more than 15 sculptural works along with painted banners, set pieces and wearable art objects.

The Powerhouse workshop were amongst 60 Australian and international collaborators from the creative industries engaged to realise 33 singular looks for the runway show. ISG’s collaboration with Australian fashion veteran Jenny Kee AO opened and closed the show. The full list of collaborators includes: Albus Lumen, Alexander Enticknap, Alice Knight, Amy Baran Angelica Kilkolly, Angel Robertson, Anna May Kirk, Anna Pogossova, ANTIMATTERMANE, Apollo Michaelides, Aryah Levin, Colourblind florist, Benn Hamilton, Brittany Wyper, CAES, Chanel Bragg, Chase Shiel, Chloe Green, Darren Bischoff, Denis Vukcevic, DIASPORA, Effi Mavratzas, Emily Mavratzas, Felynn Designs, fon99, Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Haus of Dizzy, Jake Liu, Jenny Kee, Jo Morton, Jody Just, Joe Brennan, Jordan Olyslanders, Julia Baldini Shoes, Luca Sheridan, Mary Argyropoulos, Max Rixon, Nathan Angelis, NEPHTHYS, Patrick Church, Pormpuraaw Art, Roshan Ramesh, Ruby Pedder, Sacred Honeys, Scarlet Marshall, Similar Difference, Simone Arnol, SPEED, Stefania Gertis, Stella Sunday, Taya Brooks, thevxlley, Victoria Todorov, Xi Wu Studio, Yan Lok Chu, Yarrabah Arts and Culture, Youkhana.

 

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May 9, 2022

Keir Choreographic Award 2022 Program and Jury Announced

The Keir Foundation, Dancehouse, and Australia Council for the Arts, with presenting partner Carriageworks, today announced the program and jury for the fifth edition of the Keir Choreographic Award (KCA). The award is a premiere event for the Australian dance scene presenting newly commissioned works by eight independent Australian artists and collectives. For the first time, Carriageworks and Dancehouse will each host all eight works over a two-week season from 23 June – 2 July, featuring two presentations of four works each in a rotating program.

The Keir Foundation, Dancehouse, and Australia Council for the Arts, with presenting partner Carriageworks, today announced the program and jury for the fifth edition of the Keir Choreographic Award (KCA). The award is a premiere event for the Australian dance scene presenting newly commissioned works by eight independent Australian artists and collectives. For the first time, Carriageworks and Dancehouse will each host all eight works over a two-week season from 23 June – 2 July, featuring two presentations of four works each in a rotating program.

The esteemed jury of international dance leaders tasked with selecting the recipient of the 2022 Keir Choreographic Award and awarding the $50,000 jury prize on Sunday 3 July at Carriageworks include Daniel Riley (Wiradjuri/Australia), Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre, Eko Supriyanto (Indonesia), choreographer and independent dance artist, Laurie Uprichard (Ireland), international dance presenter and curator, Lemi Ponifasio (Aotearoa/New Zealand), internationally acclaimed artist and collaborator, and Nanako Nakajima (Japan), dance dramaturg, academic and researcher.

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May 9, 2022

New public artwork commissioned by the City of Sydney’s Art & About

A temporary public artwork by Australian media artist Mike Daly is now on display on Oxford Street until 25 May as part of the City of Sydney’s Art & About series.

‘Tidal’ is a striking light installation presented in a disused shopfront that visualises tidal movement data from 2050 from Sydney and its five coastal sister cities: Nagoya, Guangzhou, Portsmouth, San Francisco and Wellington. Drawing attention to the impacts of the climate crisis, the installation is ultimately a meditation on uncertainty and change.

A temporary public artwork by Australian media artist Mike Daly is now on display on Oxford Street until 25 May as part of the City of Sydney’s Art & About series.

‘Tidal’ is a striking light installation presented in a disused shopfront that visualises tidal movement data from 2050 from Sydney and its five coastal sister cities: Nagoya, Guangzhou, Portsmouth, San Francisco and Wellington. Drawing attention to the impacts of the climate crisis, the installation is ultimately a meditation on uncertainty and change. Read an interview with the artist here.

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April 28, 2022

New solo exhibition by Arran Russell

A new solo exhibition by Australian artist Arran Russell, titled SILENT LANGUAGE, will be unveiled on Tuesday 3 May 2022 featuring a series of sculptures, wall assemblages, paintings and works on paper. Presented across the rarely accessed top-floor space of the Verona Penthouse in Paddington, Sydney, the exhibition is free entry and runs until Saturday 7 May 2022.

The inaugural solo exhibition by Arran Russell harnesses a hidden language of shapes which draws upon the artist’s past experience in the design and fashion industries in Australia, Vietnam, China, India, Japan and the United Kingdom.

A new solo exhibition by Australian artist Arran Russell, titled SILENT LANGUAGE, will be unveiled on Tuesday 3 May 2022 featuring a series of sculptures, wall assemblages, paintings and works on paper. Presented across the rarely accessed top-floor space of the Verona Penthouse in Paddington, Sydney, the exhibition is free entry and runs until Saturday 7 May 2022.

The inaugural solo exhibition by Arran Russell harnesses a hidden language of shapes which draws upon the artist’s past experience in the design and fashion industries in Australia, Vietnam, China, India, Japan and the United Kingdom. For Russell this meant many years working with the shapes found in garment patterns, often in places where the only shared vocabulary was in the forms laid out between Russell and his collaborators.

In SILENT LANGUAGE, the origins of the cut-out shapes of garment patterns have kept their perplexing, prone characters, floating, nudging, and nestling themselves into new and abstracted compositions. Using movement and gesture Russell delivers previously mass produced materials into a more premium environment. The exhibition presents a series of sculptures formed from clay and wood that will be shown alongside large-scale paintings and works on paper. Many of the works incorporate heavy duty materials such as tar, lead, clay and kaolin, often applied to the surface using only a squeegee and a spatula, with the resulting abstracted forms taking on a gritty and permeable texture.

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April 27, 2022

Ngununggula presents new group exhibition Land Abounds

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, will present ambitious new and existing works by leading contemporary artists and brothers Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Abdul Abdullah in dialogue with four significant video installations by one of their greatest influences, Tracey Moffatt AO. For the exhibition, titled Land Abounds, the Abdullah brothers will each present a new large-scale commissioned artwork responding to the Southern Highlands’ landscape and the complexity of our shared history, as well as existing works never before exhibited in NSW.

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, will present ambitious new and existing works by leading contemporary artists and brothers Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Abdul Abdullah in dialogue with four significant video installations by one of their greatest influences, Tracey Moffatt AO. For the exhibition, titled Land Abounds, the Abdullah brothers will each present a new large-scale commissioned artwork responding to the Southern Highlands’ landscape and the complexity of our shared history, as well as existing works never before exhibited in NSW.

Presented free to the public from 28 May – 24 July 2022, the exhibition draws on collective memory and experience, unpacking how the representation and perpetuation of culture, knowledge, and tradition can be transferred through storytelling.

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April 20, 2022

NEW SOLO EXHIBITION BY JOI MURUGAVELL

Australian emerging artist Joi Murugavell will unveil her first solo exhibition in seven years in Sydney from 29 April until 2 May 2022. The exhibition, presented by art advisor Sarah Birtles, will be held at Peach Black Gallery in Chippendale.  Titled Finding Mikey, the exhibition features 13 new works by the artist, including five ‘double-mattress-sized’ paintings, five collaged ‘toy paintings’ and a large-scale installation work that capture the spontaneity and humour of life.

Sarah Birtles, who represents the artist in Australia, says Murugavell has gained a strong following in Asia in recent years, exhibiting at major art fairs including ART021 Shanghai, KIAF Korea and Art Taiwan and presenting work with galleries in Taiwan, Korea and China.

Australian emerging artist Joi Murugavell will unveil her first solo exhibition in seven years in Sydney from 29 April until 2 May 2022. The exhibition, presented by art advisor Sarah Birtles, will be held at Peach Black Gallery in Chippendale.  Titled Finding Mikey, the exhibition features 13 new works by the artist, including five ‘double-mattress-sized’ paintings, five collaged ‘toy paintings’ and a large-scale installation work that capture the spontaneity and humour of life.

Sarah Birtles, who represents the artist in Australia, says Murugavell has gained a strong following in Asia in recent years, exhibiting at major art fairs including ART021 Shanghai, KIAF Korea and Art Taiwan and presenting work with galleries in Taiwan, Korea and China.

Collage features strongly across the vibrant series of paintings by Murugavell whose works weave together stories collected from personal experiences ranging from phrases and symbols, to song lyrics, cartoons and childhood toys, which collectively invite deep contemplation and examination. The installation, featuring two figures; Mikey and Marisol Escobar, is inspired by Marisol’s Dinner Date, 1963, and extends the narrative of the paintings into three dimensional space.

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April 19, 2022

Marco Fusinato’s experimental noise project opens at Australia Pavilion for 59th Venice Biennale

DESASTRES by Marco Fusinato has made its debut in the Australia Pavilion in the Giardini della Biennale.  Curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, DESASTRES will be live for the entirety of La Biennale Arte 2022. The work is an invitation for audiences to come together within a high-intensity concentration of energy.

In the installation for DESASTRES, Fusinato uses equipment associated with spectacle as a form of sculpture. The work is unique each day it is initiated and, as it unfolds, it will radically transform the physical experience of each audience member.

DESASTRES by Marco Fusinato has made its debut in the Australia Pavilion in the Giardini della Biennale.  Curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, DESASTRES will be live for the entirety of La Biennale Arte 2022. The work is an invitation for audiences to come together within a high-intensity concentration of energy.

In the installation for DESASTRES, Fusinato uses equipment associated with spectacle as a form of sculpture. The work is unique each day it is initiated and, as it unfolds, it will radically transform the physical experience of each audience member. Fusinato says: “My idea of activating the audience is to remind them that they are alive. That they have a pulse”.

The large-scale, immersive artwork sees Fusinato improvising slabs of noise, saturated feedback and discordant intensities with an electric guitar, triggering a deluge of disparate and disconnected images onto a freestanding floor-to-ceiling LED wall. The pavilion is simultaneously a de facto studio and a space for research where Fusinato can test cause and effect in real time.

The images are sourced via a stream of words that have been put into an open search across multiple online platforms. There is no theme as such, rather the immersion of sound and image is open for the audience to interpret and make sense of. The intent is to create some kind of hallucination, elation in disorientation and exhaustion from confusion.

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April 18, 2022

New artwork commissioned by the City of Sydney’s Art & About

A new temporary public artwork has been unveiled in Sydney’s Potts Point, as part of the City of Sydney’s Art & About program. Titled ‘Here Lies Your Story’, the work is a text-based mural by Fenella Kernebone installed on the exterior of the Potts Point Hotel that captures the idiosyncratic spirit of one of Sydney’s most diverse, idiosyncratic communities.

On the wall, it stands about 4.5 metres high and 3metres wide, extending a further 2 metres along the ground below.

A new temporary public artwork has been unveiled in Sydney’s Potts Point, as part of the City of Sydney’s Art & About program. Titled ‘Here Lies Your Story’, the work is a text-based mural by Fenella Kernebone installed on the exterior of the Potts Point Hotel that captures the idiosyncratic spirit of one of Sydney’s most diverse, idiosyncratic communities.

On the wall, it stands about 4.5 metres high and 3metres wide, extending a further 2 metres along the ground below. Both sections feature a range of vignettes collated from residents and visitors to the area. Kernebone, best known as a curator and broadcaster, drew on her experience as an interviewer to assemble these stories together. Read an interview with the artist here.

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April 11, 2022

CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENTS A MAJOR SOLO EXHIBITION BY INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST MEL O’CALLAGHAN

Carriageworks will present a major solo exhibition by acclaimed Australian artist Mel O’Callaghan titled All is Life, which expands on the artist’s continued exploration of the relationship between life and nonlife. Presented free to the public from 23 June to 21 August 2022, the exhibition, which has been curated by Aarna Fitzgerald Hanley, will include an ambitious sculptural installation activated by performances, a new sound work, and a two-channel film capturing the sacred ritual Dhalo, shot by the artist on a recent trip to Ambaulim, Goa in India.

Carriageworks will present a major solo exhibition by acclaimed Australian artist Mel O’Callaghan titled All is Life, which expands on the artist’s continued exploration of the relationship between life and nonlife. Presented free to the public from 23 June to 21 August 2022, the exhibition, which has been curated by Aarna Fitzgerald Hanley, will include an ambitious sculptural installation activated by performances, a new sound work, and a two-channel film capturing the sacred ritual Dhalo, shot by the artist on a recent trip to Ambaulim, Goa in India.

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April 5, 2022

WALSH BAY ARTS PRECINCT OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia’s newest cultural precinct, has opened to the public following the completion of major redevelopment works on the historically significant Pier 2/3 located on the Sydney Harbour foreshore. A premier arts and culture hub, the Precinct is home to nine of the nation’s foremost performing arts companies presenting a vibrant program of musical concerts, theatre performances and public events throughout 2022.

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia’s newest cultural precinct, has opened to the public following the completion of major redevelopment works on the historically significant Pier 2/3 located on the Sydney Harbour foreshore. A premier arts and culture hub, the Precinct is home to nine of the nation’s foremost performing arts companies presenting a vibrant program of musical concerts, theatre performances and public events throughout 2022.

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April 4, 2022

Carriageworks announces CUT N POLISH: Artist Car Boot Sale

Carriageworks announced today the names of 95 Australian artists from the Greater Sydney region who will participate in CUT N POLISH: Artist Car Boot Sale on Sunday 1 May 2022. Presented in Carriageworks’ Blacksmith’s Workshop, CUT N POLISH is a one-day art car boot sale featuring 62 artist stalls  selling their works directly to the public in a casual, market-style setting.

Established by artists for artists, the project provides the opportunity for visual artists to sell new works, pieces from their back catalogue, collaborations, and artist side projects, direct to the public in a ‘cash and carry’ market model with all sale proceeds going directly and in full to the artists.

Carriageworks announced today the names of 95 Australian artists from the Greater Sydney region who will participate in CUT N POLISH: Artist Car Boot Sale on Sunday 1 May 2022. Presented in Carriageworks’ Blacksmith’s Workshop, CUT N POLISH is a one-day art car boot sale featuring 62 artist stalls  selling their works directly to the public in a casual, market-style setting.

Established by artists for artists, the project provides the opportunity for visual artists to sell new works, pieces from their back catalogue, collaborations, and artist side projects, direct to the public in a ‘cash and carry’ market model with all sale proceeds going directly and in full to the artists.

Selected by a panel comprising of Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Aarna Fitzgerald Hanley and Katherine Stone from Carriageworks and leading contemporary artists and project initiators Consuelo Cavaniglia, Jonny Niesche and Brendan Van Hek, the 95 participants represent an exciting selection of cross-generational and culturally diverse artists from recently graduated students to award-winning practitioners.

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March 30, 2022

Heide announces first Australian museum exhibition of acclaimed light artist Bruce Munro

Heide Museum of Modern Art will present Bruce Munro: From Sunrise Road, the first museum exhibition in Australia of the work of internationally celebrated English/Australian artist Bruce Munro, best known for his interactive, large-scale light installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience.

Presented from 25 June to 16 October, the exhibition combines spectacular indoor and outdoor experiential artworks with intimate story-pieces, revealing the depth of the artist’s practice and the breadth of his sources, from the personal and philosophical to the literary and spiritual.

Heide Museum of Modern Art will present Bruce Munro: From Sunrise Road, the first museum exhibition in Australia of the work of internationally celebrated English/Australian artist Bruce Munro, best known for his interactive, large-scale light installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience.

Presented from 25 June to 16 October, the exhibition combines spectacular indoor and outdoor experiential artworks with intimate story-pieces, revealing the depth of the artist’s practice and the breadth of his sources, from the personal and philosophical to the literary and spiritual.

Situated across Heide’s main galleries and sculpture park, the exhibition will present more than twenty key indoor works and an immersive outdoor light installation designed specifically for the site that will activate Heide’s iconic parklands at night.

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March 29, 2022

100 works from Gene and Brian Sherman’s Collection offered at Bonhams auction

Bonhams Australia will present one hundred significant and deeply personal works from Gene and Brian Sherman’s contemporary art collection in the forthcoming auction SHERMAN | 100. Taking place on Wednesday 11 May 2022, the auction is a veritable roll call of national and international contemporary artists from the last thirty years.

Gene Sherman is one of Australia’s most respected philanthropists and art collectors, who, together with her beloved husband Brian, has passionately and astutely collected some 900 pieces from significant Australian, Asian and international artists.

Bonhams Australia will present one hundred significant and deeply personal works from Gene and Brian Sherman’s contemporary art collection in the forthcoming auction SHERMAN | 100. Taking place on Wednesday 11 May 2022, the auction is a veritable roll call of national and international contemporary artists from the last thirty years.

Gene Sherman is one of Australia’s most respected philanthropists and art collectors, who, together with her beloved husband Brian, has passionately and astutely collected some 900 pieces from significant Australian, Asian and international artists.

The SHERMAN | 100 sale is a carefully curated selection of mostly intimate works that cluster around the often-monumental pieces remaining in the Family Foundation and, via past and ongoing donations, held in significant public collections.

Image: Ah Xian, China China (Bust 13), 1999, porcelain with copper-red glaze

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March 28, 2022

Landmark work by celebrated artist Maria Fernanda Cardoso rises 11 storeys high over Sydney streets

A major new public artwork inspired by the natural movement of water has been unveiled in Sydney’s CBD by one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Ripples and Droplets, a mural by Maria Fernanda Cardoso, spans the length of one wall of a 36-storey residential tower in the centre of Sydney. Standing 11 storeys high and covering 335 square metres, the mural is believed to be the largest public artwork by an Australian artist in the Sydney CBD.

A major new public artwork inspired by the natural movement of water has been unveiled in Sydney’s CBD by one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Ripples and Droplets, a mural by Maria Fernanda Cardoso, spans the length of one wall of a 36-storey residential tower in the centre of Sydney. Standing 11 storeys high and covering 335 square metres, the mural is believed to be the largest public artwork by an Australian artist in the Sydney CBD.

The artist was commissioned by United Development Sydney for the newly completed Castle Residences development at 116 Bathurst Street. The project was designed by Candalepas Associates and realised by Hutchinson Builders.  Maria Fernanda Cardoso worked closely with the architect, Angelo Candalepas, since the inception of the project in 2014, and developed the work with public art curator Amanda Sharrad.

Maria Fernanda Cardosos’s design—concentric circles and spirals like ripples on a pond, also the silky thread of a spider web—reflects the broad direction of her creative career. The artist is fascinated by the natural geometry of the world, and this work has allowed her to magnify the sort of details that remain hidden from sight.

Image: Ripples and Droplets, by Maria Fernanda Cardoso, at Castlereagh Residencies, 116 Bathurst Street Sydney. Photo: Jillian Nalty

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March 24, 2022

Powerhouse unveils new architecture commission

The Powerhouse has today unveiled a new large-scale public installation as part of the Powerhouse Architecture Commission series. Now in its third year, the Commission provides emerging Australian architects with an opportunity to design and build innovative projects responding to the museum site and community. The 2022 commission, Cadeau is a moveable, modular installation designed by Newcastle-based studio Curious Practice, founded by University of Newcastle graduates Warren Haasnoot and Greg Lee. 

The Powerhouse has today unveiled a new large-scale public installation as part of the Powerhouse Architecture Commission series. Now in its third year, the Commission provides emerging Australian architects with an opportunity to design and build innovative projects responding to the museum site and community. The 2022 commission, Cadeau is a moveable, modular installation designed by Newcastle-based studio Curious Practice, founded by University of Newcastle graduates Warren Haasnoot and Greg Lee. Cadeau was created in collaboration with design and engineering firm Arup and Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH).

Cadeau takes domestic architectural elements and plays with their scale; exaggerating and fusing components to create a new, shared narrative between site, installation and those who visit it. This process of distortion produces an ensemble of habitable, ready-made ‘furniture’ used to define the central courtyard gathering and meeting place. The collection of individual pieces creates a verandah space that visitors are encouraged to explore and engage with. The installation also has the ability to adapt and change for specific events or future site conditions” – Curious Practice founders Warren Haasnoot and Greg Lee.

Image: Cadeau by Curious Practice. Photo by Zan Wimberley

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March 18, 2022

Powerhouse launches 100 Climate Conversations — Australia’s most ambitious climate-focused cultural project

Powerhouse has today launched 100 Climate Conversations. 100 conversations with 100 of the nation’s leading climate innovators delivered over 100 weeks will connect audiences with the innovation and action that is being taken in Australia to address the climate crisis. Upon its completion, the project will become part of the museum’s collection, providing an important archive of this pivotal moment in history. New episodes of a 100 Climate Conversations podcast, produced in collaboration with audio partner Spotify, will be released weekly.

Powerhouse has today launched 100 Climate Conversations. 100 conversations with 100 of the nation’s leading climate innovators delivered over 100 weeks will connect audiences with the innovation and action that is being taken in Australia to address the climate crisis. Upon its completion, the project will become part of the museum’s collection, providing an important archive of this pivotal moment in history. New episodes of a 100 Climate Conversations podcast, produced in collaboration with audio partner Spotify, will be released weekly.

What if we told you that there is hope buried beneath the never-ending news cycle of the climate-change catastrophe? From regional farmers sequestering soil carbon, Traditional Owners managing Country through cultural burning, architects building carbon-neutral homes to entrepreneurs leading the world’s most ambitious renewable energy projects, each conversation presents an inspired narrative of invention, community and resilience. Recorded in a former coal-burner, 100 Climate Conversations looks away from an architectural artefact towards the innovations of the present and to the people committed to preserving the world as we know it.

Live conversations, hosted by some of Australia’s most respected journalists, will be recorded in a custom-built recording studio within the Powerhouse at 10am each Friday until December 2023, with free registration open to the public. The exhibition, which will be the museum’s first to be certified carbon-neutral, was designed by Elizabeth Gadsby and Hugh O’Connor, with AV Content Creative Direction by Mike Daly. Curated by Catherine Polcz, the program takes inspiration from real world climate solutions and connects audiences with leading climate innovators. Recordings of all 100 conversations will be incorporated into the exhibition as it continuously evolves over two years.

Image: Zan Wimberley

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March 16, 2022

Official Opening of Bundanon’s New Art Museum and Bridge for Creative Learning

Bundanon’s new world-class Art Museum and Bridge for Creative Learning will officially be opened on Saturday 19 March, following a soft launch on in January 2022. Since opening to the public, Bundanon has welcomed over 4,500 visitors through the new Art Museum.

The build has been supported by a $22.5 million investment from the Australian Government, $10.3 million from the NSW Government and philanthropic support. The $34 million project will drive visitation and cultural tourism to the Shoalhaven region.

Bundanon’s new world-class Art Museum and Bridge for Creative Learning will officially be opened on Saturday 19 March, following a soft launch on in January 2022. Since opening to the public, Bundanon has welcomed over 4,500 visitors through the new Art Museum.

The build has been supported by a $22.5 million investment from the Australian Government, $10.3 million from the NSW Government and philanthropic support. The $34 million project will drive visitation and cultural tourism to the Shoalhaven region.

 

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March 9, 2022

Sydney Opera House sails to be illuminated in the lead up to 23rd Biennale of Sydney

The Biennale of Sydney and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will present a site-specific version of The Great Animal Orchestra will be projected on the sails of the Sydney Opera House over three nights from 9 – 11 March, marking the countdown to the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, opening to the public on 12 March 2022.

The Great Animal Orchestra is a mesmerising audio-visual experience of animal sounds recorded in natural habitats around the world – many of which are now extinct – by American pioneer soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause, in collaboration with London-based collective United Visual Artists.

The Biennale of Sydney and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will present a site-specific version of The Great Animal Orchestra will be projected on the sails of the Sydney Opera House over three nights from 9 – 11 March, marking the countdown to the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, opening to the public on 12 March 2022.

The Great Animal Orchestra is a mesmerising audio-visual experience of animal sounds recorded in natural habitats around the world – many of which are now extinct – by American pioneer soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause, in collaboration with London-based collective United Visual Artists. Created at the initiative of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, the environmentally focused immersive installation will make its Australian premiere at the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, presented at the Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo for the duration of the three-month exhibition from 12 March to 13 June 2022.

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February 27, 2022

PIER 2/3 AT WALSH BAY ARTS PRECINCT SET TO OPEN

Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct will officially open its doors to the public in March, following the completion of major construction works. Located on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, the revitalised heritage precinct features world-class cultural facilities and is the new home to some of the nation’s leading performing arts companies.

Spanning Wharf 4/5 and Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay Arts Precinct is home to nine resident companies: Australian Chamber Orchestra; Australian Theatre for Young People; Bangarra Dance Theatre; Bell Shakespeare; Gondwana Choirs; Sydney Dance Company; Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; Sydney Theatre Company; and The Song Company.

Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct will officially open its doors to the public in March, following the completion of major construction works. Located on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, the revitalised heritage precinct features world-class cultural facilities and is the new home to some of the nation’s leading performing arts companies.

Spanning Wharf 4/5 and Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay Arts Precinct is home to nine resident companies: Australian Chamber Orchestra; Australian Theatre for Young People; Bangarra Dance Theatre; Bell Shakespeare; Gondwana Choirs; Sydney Dance Company; Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; Sydney Theatre Company; and The Song Company. It is also a key venue of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney in 2022.

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February 24, 2022

HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART UNVEILS SIDNEY NOLAN & DEAN CROSS EXHIBITIONS

Heide Museum of Modern Art has unveiled two exhibitions: a major thematic retrospective of renowned Australian modernist Sidney Nolan and a new moving image work by Dean Cross in response to Nolan titled Sometimes I Miss The Applause.

Dean Cross’s work features the artist himself, and by association First Nations perspectives into the mythologies that Nolan set out to re-examine. The exhibitions were originally due to coincide with the museum’s 40th anniversary in late 2021.

Heide Museum of Modern Art has unveiled two exhibitions: a major thematic retrospective of renowned Australian modernist Sidney Nolan and a new moving image work by Dean Cross in response to Nolan titled Sometimes I Miss The Applause.

Dean Cross’s work features the artist himself, and by association First Nations perspectives into the mythologies that Nolan set out to re-examine. The exhibitions were originally due to coincide with the museum’s 40th anniversary in late 2021.

Heide Senior Curator Melissa Keys said, “This new commission continues his personal fascination with Sidney Nolan’s artistic practice, legacy and life. Sometimes I Miss The Applause explores Heide simultaneously as a site of Australian modernity and millennia of First Nations cultural practice and continuing history. The work confronts and explores the legacy of modernism, shifting perspective from dominant cultural and social histories, offering audiences a timely and fresh celebration, critique and rebalancing take on Nolan’s contribution as a pivotal figure in visual culture and national identity.”

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February 23, 2022

Bundanon announces First Peoples-led festival – IMPULSE

To mark its official opening weekend on 5 March, Bundanon will present First Peoples-led festival, IMPULSE, and will include a program of live music, workshops, talks and artist activations.

The IMPULSE Festival is a community celebration of the stories of this unique place, old and new. On stage, see Miiesha, Nooky, Kee’ahn, Djinama Yilaga Choir, Kyarna Rose & Matty Walker, The Drifting Doolagahls and Ngaran Ngaran Dancers. Workshops and talks will be presented by Nooky, Uncle Steve Russell, Aunty Julie Freeman and Clive Freeman and Gadhungal Murring.

To mark its official opening weekend on 5 March, Bundanon will present First Peoples-led festival, IMPULSE, and will include a program of live music, workshops, talks and artist activations.

The IMPULSE Festival is a community celebration of the stories of this unique place, old and new. On stage, see Miiesha, Nooky, Kee’ahn, Djinama Yilaga Choir, Kyarna Rose & Matty Walker, The Drifting Doolagahls and Ngaran Ngaran Dancers. Workshops and talks will be presented by Nooky, Uncle Steve Russell, Aunty Julie Freeman and Clive Freeman and Gadhungal Murring. The Festival’s Creative Producers are Uncle Richard Scott-Moore and Candice Scott-Moore, with support from Maddison Wellington and Rebecca Moore.

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February 22, 2022

NEW NFTS BY ROMANCE WAS BORN, THE INJURY AND PAN & THE DREAM

Culture Vault has released a new series of NFTs by Romance Was Born, The Injury and Pan & The Dream. The new works represent Culture Vault’s expansion into the fashion realm after its first foray into both art and music earlier this year, with food, dance and generative art projects on the near horizon.

Fashion industry luminaries Romance Was Born have joined forces with master creative Ribal Hosn on an inaugural NFT collection entitled A Certain Romance. 

Culture Vault has released a new series of NFTs by Romance Was Born, The Injury and Pan & The Dream. The new works represent Culture Vault’s expansion into the fashion realm after its first foray into both art and music earlier this year, with food, dance and generative art projects on the near horizon.

Fashion industry luminaries Romance Was Born have joined forces with master creative Ribal Hosn on an inaugural NFT collection entitled A Certain Romance. Acclaimed fashion label Injury has collaborated with Real Parent to join forces to create Extended Dreams Vol 1. NY-based print magazine Pan and the Dream is an annual print publication that presents images and words that show how art, beauty and dress can combine to provide new vistas at a moment in history when utopias seem more necessary than ever.

Image: ‘A Certain Romance’ by Romance Was Born X Ribal Hosn

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February 9, 2022

MUSIC IN THE REGIONS LAUNCHES INAUGURAL PROGRAM

A new independent touring organisation, Music in the Regions has been established to connect classical musicians with regional audiences hungry for rich cultural experiences. Its first program, announced today, spans hundreds of kilometres and features a delightfully wide range of venues across the state.  From a railway precinct in Temora to a courthouse in Gunning, the stage is set for a series of inspiring performances across NSW as Music in the Regions unveils its inaugural program of events.

A new independent touring organisation, Music in the Regions has been established to connect classical musicians with regional audiences hungry for rich cultural experiences. Its first program, announced today, spans hundreds of kilometres and features a delightfully wide range of venues across the state.  From a railway precinct in Temora to a courthouse in Gunning, the stage is set for a series of inspiring performances across NSW as Music in the Regions unveils its inaugural program of events.

Musicians and audiences will come together in a variety of settings, from the Gunning Courthouse and Temora railway to the National Theatre in Braidwood and the Southern Cross Cinema in Young. And in a model that will be repeated in future programs across NSW, the musicians involved in 2022 will return to these same communities every year for the next three years. This will help strengthen relationships with audiences, extend opportunities for local artists and open the door for other musicians by establishing new touring routes throughout the state.

This first series of performances will be led by Acacia Quartet, one of Australia’s most dynamic, versatile musical ensembles. The quartet will also take part in workshops and professional development sessions to stimulate regional creativity and leave a legacy that endures for years to come.

Currently ensemble in residence at the Orange Regional Conservatorium, Acacia Quartet will present a program that combines work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Alexander Borodin along with the sought-after young Australian composer Alice Chance.

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February 7, 2022

CULTURE VAULT RELEASES OF 71 NEW NFTS WORKS BY 9 INTERNATIONAL & AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS

Culture Vault – a new curated platform and creative agency that presents and sells high-quality NFTs and helps artists and cultural brands navigate the blockchain – officially launches its web3 platform today, featuring an initial instalment of interactive works by eight international and Australian artists. The Culture Vault platform (Culturevault.com) is purpose-built to bridge the gap between the traditional art world and the crypto-community consists of a curated platform and creative agency, offering a one-stop-shop for both first-time NFT-buyers and seasoned digital art collectors to acquire a curated selection of premium NFTs by some of the world’s leading artists.

Culture Vault – a new curated platform and creative agency that presents and sells high-quality NFTs and helps artists and cultural brands navigate the blockchain – officially launches its web3 platform today, featuring an initial instalment of interactive works by eight international and Australian artists. The Culture Vault platform (Culturevault.com) is purpose-built to bridge the gap between the traditional art world and the crypto-community consists of a curated platform and creative agency, offering a one-stop-shop for both first-time NFT-buyers and seasoned digital art collectors to acquire a curated selection of premium NFTs by some of the world’s leading artists.

The inaugural artist works released today are by Reko Rennie, Shantell Martin, Serwah Attafua, Stephen Ormandy, The Richard Bernstein Fallen Fruit, Fearless Prophet and The Huxleys.   In the coming month exclusive new works will be added to Culture Vault by Romance Was Born, The Injury, Adam Briggs, Bianca Beers, Mona Chalabi, Dan Hong, Thea Anamara Perkins, Sebastian Leon, Dylan Mooney and more. These NFTs will be released in advance of Culture Vault’s inaugural physical-meets-digital exhibition The Future is Phygital, being presented at Sydney’s Verona Studios in Paddington from 18 March until 20 March 2022.

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February 4, 2022

Biennale of Sydney announces project highlights for 2022 edition, titled rīvus

The Biennale of Sydney announced that it will present over 330 artworks by 89 participants and 400 events as part of the 2022 edition, open to the public from 12 March to 13 June 2022.

The 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, meaning ‘stream’ in Latin, will feature new work and commissions responding to water ecology and relationships with the natural world. Audiences will experience large-scale immersive installations, site specific projects and living works by international participants including Kiki Smith, Marguerite Humeau, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, John Gerrard, Jumana Emil Abboud and Ackroyd & Harvey alongside Australian participants such as Badger Bates, Clare Milledge, Julie Gough and D Harding.

The Biennale of Sydney announced that it will present over 330 artworks by 89 participants and 400 events as part of the 2022 edition, open to the public from 12 March to 13 June 2022.

The 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, meaning ‘stream’ in Latin, will feature new work and commissions responding to water ecology and relationships with the natural world. Audiences will experience large-scale immersive installations, site specific projects and living works by international participants including Kiki Smith, Marguerite Humeau, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, John Gerrard, Jumana Emil Abboud and Ackroyd & Harvey alongside Australian participants such as Badger Bates, Clare Milledge, Julie Gough and D Harding. The list of participants extends beyond the realm of the visual arts and includes bodies of water and their custodians around the world including Australia, Bangladesh and Ecuador.

Image: John Gerrard, Leaf Work (Derrigimlagh), 2020. Installation view for Galway International Arts Festival. Commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture. Courtesy the artist and Pace Gallery. Copyright © John Gerrard. Photograph: Ross Kavanagh

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January 25, 2022

Biennale of Sydney and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain present The Great Animal Orchestra

The Biennale of Sydney and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain announced the Australian premiere of The Great Animal Orchestra.

The environmentally focused work by American pioneer soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause and London-based collective United Visual Artists will be presented free of charge at the Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo for the duration of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, from 12 March to 13 June 2022. Bookings are now open for timed ticketed entry to the immersive artwork.

The Biennale of Sydney and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain announced the Australian premiere of The Great Animal Orchestra.

The environmentally focused work by American pioneer soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause and London-based collective United Visual Artists will be presented free of charge at the Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo for the duration of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, from 12 March to 13 June 2022. Bookings are now open for timed ticketed entry to the immersive artwork.

A collision of culture and nature, The Great Animal Orchestra will take visitors out of city life and into tropical grasslands, savannas and Arctic tundra for an ‘otherworldly encounter’ with a soundscape of 15,000 animal species recorded over the last 50 years. After working with musicians like The Doors and creating effects for film scores including Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Bernie Krause turned his back on studio work and headed outdoors to focus on field recording.

Krause’s unparalleled research is a rare insight into the unseen world of animals. It reveals the beauty and the intricacy of animal vocalisations, which are now in danger of being silenced by human activity. Through his recording, Krause implores us to start listening before hush descends on the ‘great animal orchestra’. The immersive soundscape comes to life with visualisations, created by United Visual Artists, of each animal’s contributions to the ‘orchestra’ in vulnerable habitats in Africa, North America, the Pacific Ocean and the Amazonas (Amazon River).

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January 20, 2022

CULTURE VAULT, A NEW CURATED NFT PLATFORM LAUNCHING FEBRUARY

Culture Vault – a new curated platform and creative agency that presents and sells high-quality NFTs and helps artists and cultural brands navigate the blockchain – will launch its web3 platform on 3 February 2022 followed by a physical-meets-digital (phygital) exhibition called ‘The Future is Phygital’ presented at Sydney’s Verona Studios in March.

Culture Vault bridges the gap between the traditional art world and the crypto-community. It consists of a curated platform and creative agency, offering a one stop shop for both first-time NFT-buyers and seasoned digital art collectors to acquire a curated selection of premium NFTs from some of the world’s leading artists.

Culture Vault – a new curated platform and creative agency that presents and sells high-quality NFTs and helps artists and cultural brands navigate the blockchain – will launch its web3 platform on 3 February 2022 followed by a physical-meets-digital (phygital) exhibition called ‘The Future is Phygital’ presented at Sydney’s Verona Studios in March.

Culture Vault bridges the gap between the traditional art world and the crypto-community. It consists of a curated platform and creative agency, offering a one stop shop for both first-time NFT-buyers and seasoned digital art collectors to acquire a curated selection of premium NFTs from some of the world’s leading artists. Culture Vault’s creative agency works with cultural brands and institutions to create, mint, sell and display their NFTs on chain – helping them to drive revenue, and foster community engagement and connection in new ways.

The platform will include NFTs by artists and creatives  including Reko Rennie, Shantell Martin, Adam Briggs, Romance Was Born, Serwah Attafua, Bianca Beers, Stephen Ormandy, Mona Chalabi, Dan Hong, The Richard Bernstein Estate, Thea Anamara Perkins, Sebastian Leon, Fallen Fruit, Dylan Mooney, and The Huxleys.

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January 19, 2022

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES 2022 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS & SIGNIFICANT BUILDING REFURBISHMENT

Carriageworks announced their first confirmed projects within a strong 2022 program to be presented across the Redfern-based multi-arts precinct, spanning dance, music, theatre and visual arts with a focus on First Nations and female-led programming. The program, with further highlights to be announced in the coming months, includes new solo exhibitions by Karla Dickens, Mel O’Callaghan, Thea Anamara Perkins; a world premiere performance by interdisciplinary artist Kaz Therese and a focused program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the National Black Theatre and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

Carriageworks announced their first confirmed projects within a strong 2022 program to be presented across the Redfern-based multi-arts precinct, spanning dance, music, theatre and visual arts with a focus on First Nations and female-led programming. The program, with further highlights to be announced in the coming months, includes new solo exhibitions by Karla Dickens, Mel O’Callaghan, Thea Anamara Perkins; a world premiere performance by interdisciplinary artist Kaz Therese and a focused program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the National Black Theatre and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

During the first half of 2022, a significant program of repair, maintenance, and upgrade of the unique heritage Carriageworks building will be undertaken by Create Infrastructure and Public Works NSW. Works will improve technology and sustainability of lighting systems, provisions for events, the replacement of theatre floors and general upgrade work to the fabric of the building, improving the Carriageworks experience for artists and audiences alike. These important improvements to the site will see Carriageworks closed to the public from February through until 29 April 2022, with the exception of Carriageworks Farmers Markets which will continue to operate every Saturday.

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January 19, 2022

BUNDANON’S NEW WORLD-CLASS ART MUSEUM AND BRIDGE FOR CREATIVE LEARNING SET TO OPEN

Bundanon will open the doors publicly to its new Art Museum and Bridge for Creative Learning from Saturday 29 January 2022, with an official ceremony and festival of events being held on Saturday 5 March 2022, including live music and performance. Bundanon will deliver three exhibition seasons annually, with a dramatically expanded range of on-site events including tailored learning and artistic residency programs.

Embedded within the landscape, the new 500m2 Bundanon Art Museum, designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects will present a year-round program of exhibitions of modern, contemporary, and First Nations art, as well as new commissions.

Bundanon will open the doors publicly to its new Art Museum and Bridge for Creative Learning from Saturday 29 January 2022, with an official ceremony and festival of events being held on Saturday 5 March 2022, including live music and performance. Bundanon will deliver three exhibition seasons annually, with a dramatically expanded range of on-site events including tailored learning and artistic residency programs.

Embedded within the landscape, the new 500m2 Bundanon Art Museum, designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects will present a year-round program of exhibitions of modern, contemporary, and First Nations art, as well as new commissions. It includes a state-of-the-art storage facility that will house and protect Bundanon’s extensive $46.5 million collection of some 4,000 items.

 

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January 13, 2022

Anna Schwartz Gallery opens in 2022 with an evolving exhibition showcasing internationally acclaimed video artists

Anna Schwartz Gallery will open on 2nd February 2022 with a group exhibition structured as a series of large-scale solo video installations that will evolve over time until 7 May 2022. The exhibition will feature the work of leading video artists including Alberta Whittle, Cyprien Gaillard, Sarah Morris, Haris Epaminonda, Yael Bartana, James Nguyen & Victoria Pham and Hiwa K.

Peripheral Vision will inaugurate video works in Australia that, collectively, provide a contemporary view of the world from a variety of perspectives.

Anna Schwartz Gallery will open on 2nd February 2022 with a group exhibition structured as a series of large-scale solo video installations that will evolve over time until 7 May 2022. The exhibition will feature the work of leading video artists including Alberta Whittle, Cyprien Gaillard, Sarah Morris, Haris Epaminonda, Yael Bartana, James Nguyen & Victoria Pham and Hiwa K.

Peripheral Vision will inaugurate video works in Australia that, collectively, provide a contemporary view of the world from a variety of perspectives. Curated by Lewis Gilbert, creative director at A Vibe Called Tech, and Tania Doropoulos, the selection of works was influenced by the last occasions they were physically able to view art together, and their subsequent and ongoing digital/virtual exchange and dialogue since borders closed. An exchange that was able to be maintained through video, which has become a primary medium for us to engage new work and its ideas.

Image caption: Alberta Whittle, HOLDING THE LINE (June 2020), 2020, 2K and HD video, mobile phone footage 13 minutes.

Courtesy the artist & Copperfield

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January 11, 2022

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa Contemporary Circus present Italian Baroque with Circa

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will collaborate with Circa Contemporary Circus for the vibrant Italian Baroque with Circa, featuring a special guest performance by Italian baritone Renato Dolcini. A tour through the music of four Italian cities and their multi-layered pasts, the concert series will open at City Recital Hall on 19 – 27 January 2022.

The concerts mark the Brandenburg’s fourth collaboration with internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company Circa. Daring new choreography from circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz combines musicians and acrobats in a vibrant performance of a pasticcio by Paul Dyer with music by Vivaldi, Falconieri, Caccini and Corelli.

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will collaborate with Circa Contemporary Circus for the vibrant Italian Baroque with Circa, featuring a special guest performance by Italian baritone Renato Dolcini. A tour through the music of four Italian cities and their multi-layered pasts, the concert series will open at City Recital Hall on 19 – 27 January 2022.

The concerts mark the Brandenburg’s fourth collaboration with internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company Circa. Daring new choreography from circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz combines musicians and acrobats in a vibrant performance of a pasticcio by Paul Dyer with music by Vivaldi, Falconieri, Caccini and Corelli.

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January 6, 2022

CARRIAGEWORKS UNVEILS MAJOR NEW INSTALLATION BY KARLA DICKENS

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts, has today unveiled a new large-scale wall assemblage titled Return to Sender by acclaimed Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens. Installed in the Carriageworks public space and presented free to the public until 30 January 2022, the installation reworks found postcards picturing First Nations people from the turn of last century with contemporary representations of First Nations Australians.

In a show of pride and defiance, these racist postcards are stamped for return to their sender.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts, has today unveiled a new large-scale wall assemblage titled Return to Sender by acclaimed Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens. Installed in the Carriageworks public space and presented free to the public until 30 January 2022, the installation reworks found postcards picturing First Nations people from the turn of last century with contemporary representations of First Nations Australians.

In a show of pride and defiance, these racist postcards are stamped for return to their sender. Dickens rescales the postcards and inserts two defiant contemporary portraits of First Australians into the scene. Printed on industrial tarpaulin, these collaged images are framed with domestic detritus, from rusted corrugated iron to unhoused front fences and decapitated letter boxes, sealing the installation with a 200-kilogram prison door.

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December 21, 2021

POWERHOUSE STAGES IORDANES SPYRIDON GOGOS RUNWAY SHOW AT AAFW 2022

The Powerhouse today announced that, for the first time in the museum’s 141 year history, it will stage a runway show as part of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) 2022 in collaboration with acclaimed Australian fashion label Iordanes Spyridon Gogos. As one of the official offsite iconic Sydney show locations, the show on Thursday 12 May 2022 will be staged inside the epic Powerhouse Ultimo workshop. The show aligns with Powerhouse Ultimo’s vision to be Australia’s leading centre for fashion.

The Powerhouse today announced that, for the first time in the museum’s 141 year history, it will stage a runway show as part of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) 2022 in collaboration with acclaimed Australian fashion label Iordanes Spyridon Gogos. As one of the official offsite iconic Sydney show locations, the show on Thursday 12 May 2022 will be staged inside the epic Powerhouse Ultimo workshop. The show aligns with Powerhouse Ultimo’s vision to be Australia’s leading centre for fashion.

For the AAFW 2022 runway presentation, ISG will expand their collaborative approach, directly engaging with the museum’s narrative and multidisciplinary collection. The label will join forces with more than 50 individuals and institutions working across a range of disciplines, extending beyond fashion pioneers to include architects, musicians, florists, students and more.

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December 1, 2021

POWERHOUSE UNVEILS FIVE HUNDRED ARHATS OF CHANGNYEONGSA TEMPLE

The Powerhouse has unveiled its major summer exhibition, Five Hundred Arhats of Changnyeongsa Temple.

The arhats are ancient stone figures discovered in 2001-02 among the ruins of the Changnyeongsa Temple in South Korea’s Gangwon-do Province, believed to have been built during Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) and destroyed in mid Joseon dynasty (1392-1879). The stone statues depict ‘arhats’ – ‘nahan’ in Korean – known in Buddhism as one who has attained enlightenment. The arhats represent five hundred disciples of the Buddha who gathered to compile his words into scriptures after the Buddha entered nirvana.

The Powerhouse has unveiled its major summer exhibition, Five Hundred Arhats of Changnyeongsa Temple.

The arhats are ancient stone figures discovered in 2001-02 among the ruins of the Changnyeongsa Temple in South Korea’s Gangwon-do Province, believed to have been built during Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) and destroyed in mid Joseon dynasty (1392-1879). The stone statues depict ‘arhats’ – ‘nahan’ in Korean – known in Buddhism as one who has attained enlightenment. The arhats represent five hundred disciples of the Buddha who gathered to compile his words into scriptures after the Buddha entered nirvana. Although they have attained enlightenment, they defer entering nirvana themselves and remain in their human state in order to teach and save sentient beings.

The stone arhats have been carefully restored by Chuncheon National Museum of Korea and were first presented at the Museum in 2018, followed by National Museum of Korea in 2019, becoming Korea’s most popular exhibition that year.

The multi-faceted exhibition presents 50 stone arhats and one Buddha in an immersive environment designed by Korean artist Kim Seung Young, and marks the first time the arhats have been seen outside Korea.

 

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November 29, 2021

HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART LAUNCHES NEW HEALING GARDEN

Heide Museum of Modern Art is delighted to have opened the much-anticipated Healing Garden within their museum grounds, on Tuesday 23 November 2021. Inspired by Heide founder Sunday Reed’s profound love for her garden and designed by leading landscape architecture studio Openwork, the Healing Garden draws on the curative properties of plants and the ever-growing body of knowledge that positions gardens as a powerful tool for connecting communities, reducing social isolation and providing positive, life-affirming experiences.

Heide Museum of Modern Art is delighted to have opened the much-anticipated Healing Garden within their museum grounds, on Tuesday 23 November 2021. Inspired by Heide founder Sunday Reed’s profound love for her garden and designed by leading landscape architecture studio Openwork, the Healing Garden draws on the curative properties of plants and the ever-growing body of knowledge that positions gardens as a powerful tool for connecting communities, reducing social isolation and providing positive, life-affirming experiences.

The garden has been designed to facilitate healing and restoration for vulnerable communities and will be a vital space for the broader community as we navigate the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Circular in design, the garden draws on the concept of proxemics, which considers the intuitive spatial distances between people in personal and public spaces.

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November 19, 2021

NEW $50 MILLION SHEPPARTON ART MUSEUM OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

Australia’s newest art museum, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) officially opens its doors to the public on Saturday 20 November 2021 with nine free exhibitions, four new artwork commissions, and presenting more than 200 artists in a celebration of the area’s rich and diverse culture, people and landscape. Designed by acclaimed Australian architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall and spanning five floors, the new $50 million art museum houses over 4,000 artworks, with over 200 artists represented and 160 Indigenous and First Nations artworks on display, including its nationally recognised ceramics collection and the nation’s most significant collection of South-East Australian Aboriginal art.

Australia’s newest art museum, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) officially opens its doors to the public on Saturday 20 November 2021 with nine free exhibitions, four new artwork commissions, and presenting more than 200 artists in a celebration of the area’s rich and diverse culture, people and landscape. Designed by acclaimed Australian architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall and spanning five floors, the new $50 million art museum houses over 4,000 artworks, with over 200 artists represented and 160 Indigenous and First Nations artworks on display, including its nationally recognised ceramics collection and the nation’s most significant collection of South-East Australian Aboriginal art.

Acting as a community and arts and cultural hub for the Greater Shepparton region, the new SAM building houses the Shepparton Art Museum; Shepparton Visitors’ Information Centre; Kaiela Arts, Shepparton’s Aboriginal community arts centre; an outdoor amphitheatre and Art Hill; and cafe and 150-person event space and terrace, all within a 5,300m2 cubic building. Situated in regional Victoria around two hours’ drive north from Melbourne, SAM is located on the lands of the Yorta Yorta peoples, on the shore of Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton.

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November 17, 2021

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2022 PROGRAM

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts today announced a dynamic, First Nations-led program to be presented as part of Sydney Festival 2022. The program includes a new large-scale wall assemblage by acclaimed Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens installed in the Carriageworks public space (6-30 January 2022) and the world premiere of a contemporary dance performance by resident company and Australia’s leading Indigenous intercultural dance company Marrugeku (27-29 January 2022). Other headline highlights include major new installations by leading Australian artists Dean Cross and Cherine Fahd.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts today announced a dynamic, First Nations-led program to be presented as part of Sydney Festival 2022. The program includes a new large-scale wall assemblage by acclaimed Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens installed in the Carriageworks public space (6-30 January 2022) and the world premiere of a contemporary dance performance by resident company and Australia’s leading Indigenous intercultural dance company Marrugeku (27-29 January 2022). Other headline highlights include major new installations by leading Australian artists Dean Cross and Cherine Fahd.

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November 12, 2021

Inaugural Environmental Art and Design Prize exhibition opens

Northern Beaches Council has today unveiled the inaugural exhibition of the Environmental Art and Design Prize. The exhibition of the 226 finalist works is presented across three arts venues on the Northern Beaches at Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Curl Curl Creative Space, and Mona Vale Pop Up Gallery, from 12 November until 12 December 2021, alongside a public program of talks with finalist artists.
Prize winners will be announced on Thursday 25 November by a judging panel comprised of internationally renowned Australian artist Euan Macleod; artist, designer, and curator Liane Rossler; and CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre, Lisa Cahill. 

Northern Beaches Council has today unveiled the inaugural exhibition of the Environmental Art and Design Prize. The exhibition of the 226 finalist works is presented across three arts venues on the Northern Beaches at Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Curl Curl Creative Space, and Mona Vale Pop Up Gallery, from 12 November until 12 December 2021, alongside a public program of talks with finalist artists.
Prize winners will be announced on Thursday 25 November by a judging panel comprised of internationally renowned Australian artist Euan Macleod; artist, designer, and curator Liane Rossler; and CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre, Lisa Cahill. The Prize is an inclusive and diverse exhibition that celebrates the vibrancy of the arts and design community within and beyond the Northern Beaches.

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November 11, 2021

EXPLORE SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY LAUNCHES

Explore Sydney Contemporary, the digital edition of Australasia’s premier art fair, Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, has launched featuring approximately 1,700 artworks on a custom dynamic digital platform.

The ten day online fair runs until 21 November and showcases 80+ galleries presenting over 500 artists as well as a program including a series of First Nations artist video portraits, and a keynote panel discussion titled After Shocks: Art, Disruption and Provocation.

Explore Sydney Contemporary, the digital edition of Australasia’s premier art fair, Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, has launched featuring approximately 1,700 artworks on a custom dynamic digital platform.

The ten day online fair runs until 21 November and showcases 80+ galleries presenting over 500 artists as well as a program including a series of First Nations artist video portraits, and a keynote panel discussion titled After Shocks: Art, Disruption and Provocation. New works will be released to the platform midway, on 17 November. Artists presenting work on the platform include Dr Christian Thompson AO, whose work titled ‘Double Happiness’, 2021, is pictured here, courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin.

 

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November 9, 2021

LANDMARK WORK BY CELEBRATED ARTIST MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO TO RISE 11 STOREYS HIGH OVER SYDNEY STREETS

A major new public artwork inspired by the natural movement of water will be installed in Sydney’s CBD this summer by one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Ripples and Droplets, a mural by Maria Fernanda Cardoso, spans the length of one wall of a 36-storey residential tower in the centre of Sydney. Standing 11 stories high and covering 335 square metres, the mural is believed to be the largest public artwork by an Australian artist in the Sydney CBD.

A major new public artwork inspired by the natural movement of water will be installed in Sydney’s CBD this summer by one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Ripples and Droplets, a mural by Maria Fernanda Cardoso, spans the length of one wall of a 36-storey residential tower in the centre of Sydney. Standing 11 stories high and covering 335 square metres, the mural is believed to be the largest public artwork by an Australian artist in the Sydney CBD.
Commissioned by United Development Sydney as part of the Castle Residences mixed development at 116 Bathurst Street by Candalepas Associates, which is scheduled for completion by Hutchinson Builders in early 2022.  Maria Fernanda Cardoso has worked closely with the architect, Angelo Candalepas, since the inception of the project in 2014, and developed the work with public art curator Amanda Sharrad. While the brief has evolved over time, the result is consistent with many of the themes that have guided her practice for decades.

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November 4, 2021

Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf opens and winner of 20th Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announced

Sydney’s newest public art gallery, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, opens its doors to the public for the first time on Thursday 4 November 2021. The historical 122-year-old building, owned by Woollahra Council, is one of the few surviving mid-19th century harbour foreshore grand mansions and has been transformed into a new gallery, showcasing a year-round program of contemporary art led by Gallery Coordinator Sebastian Goldspink. Overlooking Sydney Harbour in Double Bay and spanning two levels, the Gallery will act as a community hub at the heart of a new cultural precinct, including the 1863 Council Chambers, the picturesque Blackburn Gardens, Murray Rose Pool and Redleaf Beach.

Sydney’s newest public art gallery, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, opens its doors to the public for the first time on Thursday 4 November 2021. The historical 122-year-old building, owned by Woollahra Council, is one of the few surviving mid-19th century harbour foreshore grand mansions and has been transformed into a new gallery, showcasing a year-round program of contemporary art led by Gallery Coordinator Sebastian Goldspink. Overlooking Sydney Harbour in Double Bay and spanning two levels, the Gallery will act as a community hub at the heart of a new cultural precinct, including the 1863 Council Chambers, the picturesque Blackburn Gardens, Murray Rose Pool and Redleaf Beach.

The Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf launches its artistic program with the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize’s 20th anniversary exhibition. To mark the unveiling, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize has today announced Rhonda Sharpe and her work Desert Woman with Mustache, Cooloman and Pretty Clothes as the winner of the main acquisitive award, increased this year to $25,000. Sydney-artist Mechelle Bounpraseuth was awarded the Special Commendation, the 2021 Mayor’s Award has been awarded to Kate Coyne and second time finalist Michael Harrell has been Highly Commended.

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October 22, 2021

HISTORIC $30 MILLION COMMITMENT TO POWERHOUSE PARRAMATTA

The Powerhouse has announced an extraordinary $30 million investment in the future of Powerhouse Parramatta by The Walker Family Foundation and Western Sydney University.

In one of the largest donations ever to an Australian cultural institution, The Walker Family Foundation has committed $20 million to the Lang Walker Family Academy and associated programs, a commitment that will fund access to world-class immersive STEM education experiences at the museum for over 10,000 high school students from Western Sydney and regional NSW every year – including overnight stays at the museum for many of these students.

The Powerhouse has announced an extraordinary $30 million investment in the future of Powerhouse Parramatta by The Walker Family Foundation and Western Sydney University.

In one of the largest donations ever to an Australian cultural institution, The Walker Family Foundation has committed $20 million to the Lang Walker Family Academy and associated programs, a commitment that will fund access to world-class immersive STEM education experiences at the museum for over 10,000 high school students from Western Sydney and regional NSW every year – including overnight stays at the museum for many of these students. The Lang Walker Family Academy programs will commence in 2022 in Western Sydney with in-school STEM education programming being planned for schools in the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Liverpool, Bankstown, Penrith and Parramatta LGAs.

“There are hundreds of thousands of Western Sydney and regional students who don’t receive the same exposure to arts and education programs that young people in other areas do. The Lang Walker Family Academy will deliver experiences for these young people that will not only spark their creativity but pave the way to genuine STEM careers in the future,” said Powerhouse Chief Executive Lisa Havilah.

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October 20, 2021

OVER 1,700 WORKS OF ART GO ONLINE THIS NOVEMBER WITH EXPLORE SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY

Australasia’s premier art fair, Sydney Contemporary presents Explore Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, a digital edition of the Fair taking place from 11-21 November 2021. Providing crucial support for the arts community, the Fair will host 80+ galleries presenting over 400 artists and approximately 1,700 artworks on a custom dynamic digital platform, with a commissioned artist animation and a new series of First Nations artist video portraits.

Visitors to the site will be greeted by a specially commissioned animation by internationally acclaimed Melbourne-based artist David Booth, who will also present work with Blackartprojects (Melbourne) and Hugo Michell Gallery (Adelaide).

Australasia’s premier art fair, Sydney Contemporary presents Explore Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, a digital edition of the Fair taking place from 11-21 November 2021. Providing crucial support for the arts community, the Fair will host 80+ galleries presenting over 400 artists and approximately 1,700 artworks on a custom dynamic digital platform, with a commissioned artist animation and a new series of First Nations artist video portraits.

Visitors to the site will be greeted by a specially commissioned animation by internationally acclaimed Melbourne-based artist David Booth, who will also present work with Blackartprojects (Melbourne) and Hugo Michell Gallery (Adelaide). Booth’s practice shifts between studio-based works, site specific installations, commissioned murals and commercial design. His work has been exhibited and acquired by several leading institutions, including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Parliament House Art Collection.

UNTOLD is a new series of First Nations artist video portraits created for Explore Sydney Contemporary that brings to life the language, Country and stories of First Nations artists represented in the online fair. Giving a window into the artists’ practice, culture and ideas as they share their work in their own voice, the series is presented in collaboration with Agency Projects, and funded by Copyright Agency. Featuring artists represented by galleries in the fair including Djerrkngu Yunupingu, Robert Fielding, Jenna Lee, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, amongst others, UNTOLD will provide new insights and inspire audiences.

Image: Polly Borland, Untitled (purple, red, blackand orange), 2018, lenticular print, 76 x50.5 x 3.5 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf

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October 7, 2021

CARRIAGEWORKS REOPENS TO PUBLIC AND ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER PROGRAM INCLUDING STRONG FOCUS ON LEADING FIRST NATIONS ARTISTS

Carriageworks, Australia’s largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts precinct, will reopen to the public on Wednesday 3 November 2021, with award-winning Kamilaroi/ Gamilaraay artist Dennis Golding’s exhibition The Future is Here. Later in the month, visitors will be offered free access to visual art exhibitions by leading Australian artists, with the unveiling of a major site-specific work by celebrated Worimi artist Dean Cross, a new video installation by acclaimed photographer and video artist Cherine Fahd commissioned and presented in partnership with Performance Space, and the return of the SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Markets online.

Carriageworks, Australia’s largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts precinct, will reopen to the public on Wednesday 3 November 2021, with award-winning Kamilaroi/ Gamilaraay artist Dennis Golding’s exhibition The Future is Here. Later in the month, visitors will be offered free access to visual art exhibitions by leading Australian artists, with the unveiling of a major site-specific work by celebrated Worimi artist Dean Cross, a new video installation by acclaimed photographer and video artist Cherine Fahd commissioned and presented in partnership with Performance Space, and the return of the SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Markets online. Carriageworks will also welcome back Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed, supported by The Balnaves Foundation, which showcases bold new work by emerging choreographers.

Image: Artist Dennis Golding at Carriageworks. Image: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy Carriageworks.

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October 6, 2021

Ngununggula, the first regional art gallery in the Southern Highlands, set to open on 12 October

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, will open to the public on 12 October 2021, following a delay due to the COVID-19 lockdown in NSW. The Gallery will open with two inaugural exhibitions by celebrated Australian artists Tamara Dean and Megan Cope. Meaning “belonging” in the traditional language of the Gundungurra First Nation People, Ngununggula is located in what was the old dairy at Retford Park, which has received a heritage-sensitive redesign undertaken by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and constructed by Richard Crookes Constructions, surrounded by a landscaped garden created by Jane Irwin.

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, will open to the public on 12 October 2021, following a delay due to the COVID-19 lockdown in NSW. The Gallery will open with two inaugural exhibitions by celebrated Australian artists Tamara Dean and Megan Cope. Meaning “belonging” in the traditional language of the Gundungurra First Nation People, Ngununggula is located in what was the old dairy at Retford Park, which has received a heritage-sensitive redesign undertaken by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and constructed by Richard Crookes Constructions, surrounded by a landscaped garden created by Jane Irwin.

Featuring four gallery spaces spanning the 712m2 footprint of the building, including an Entry Pavilion and an education space, Ngununggula will feature a program that represents the region and beyond through significant exhibitions, artist-led projects, live events, workshops, artist talks and public programs. Creating engaging ways for the local community to connect with artists and their ideas will be at the core of Ngununggula’s philosophy.

Image: Zan Wimberley

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October 5, 2021

HISTORIC ARHATS PRESENTED FOR THE FIRST TIME OUTSIDE KOREA

The Powerhouse will present Five Hundred Arhats of Changnyeongsa Temple, as its major summer exhibition, opening 2 December 2021. The arhats are ancient stone figures discovered in 2001-02 among the ruins of the Changnyeongsa Temple in South Korea’s Gangwon-do Province, believed to have been built during Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) and destroyed in mid Joseon dynasty (1392-1879). The stone statues depict ‘arhats’ – ‘nahan’ in Korean – known in Buddhism as one who has attained enlightenment.

The Powerhouse will present Five Hundred Arhats of Changnyeongsa Temple, as its major summer exhibition, opening 2 December 2021. The arhats are ancient stone figures discovered in 2001-02 among the ruins of the Changnyeongsa Temple in South Korea’s Gangwon-do Province, believed to have been built during Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) and destroyed in mid Joseon dynasty (1392-1879). The stone statues depict ‘arhats’ – ‘nahan’ in Korean – known in Buddhism as one who has attained enlightenment. The arhats represent five hundred disciples of the Buddha who gathered to compile his words into scriptures after the Buddha entered nirvana. Although they have attained enlightenment, they defer entering nirvana themselves and remain in their human state in order to teach and save sentient beings.

 

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September 28, 2021

CARRIAGEWORKS APPOINTS JACOB BOEHME AS DIRECTOR OF FIRST NATIONS PROGRAMS

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts, has announced the appointment of Narangga and Kaurna man Jacob Boehme as Director, First Nations Programs.

Carriageworks CEO Blair French said: “We are delighted to welcome Jacob as our Director, First Nations Programs, a new role within Carriageworks that is focused on leading the development of First Nations artistic and cultural strategies. Jacob brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role, which he will draw upon to develop and deliver programs of First Nations work across multiple artforms as well as fostering professional and community relationships.”

A graduate of NAISDA and of the Victorian College of the Arts and an alumni of the British Council and Australia Council ACCELERATE Indigenous Leaders Program, Jacob has more than 20 years’ experience as a performer, choreographer, writer, producer and artistic director, as well as a long history of teaching in different contexts, and is currently within the cultural leadership program at NIDA.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts, has announced the appointment of Narangga and Kaurna man Jacob Boehme as Director, First Nations Programs.

Carriageworks CEO Blair French said: “We are delighted to welcome Jacob as our Director, First Nations Programs, a new role within Carriageworks that is focused on leading the development of First Nations artistic and cultural strategies. Jacob brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role, which he will draw upon to develop and deliver programs of First Nations work across multiple artforms as well as fostering professional and community relationships.”

A graduate of NAISDA and of the Victorian College of the Arts and an alumni of the British Council and Australia Council ACCELERATE Indigenous Leaders Program, Jacob has more than 20 years’ experience as a performer, choreographer, writer, producer and artistic director, as well as a long history of teaching in different contexts, and is currently within the cultural leadership program at NIDA. He was the founding Creative Director of Yirramboi Festival, City of Melbourne 2016-2019 and is currently artistic director for the Wild Dog project through Country Arts SA and Art Gallery of South Australia premiering at the upcoming Tarnanthi Festival. Jacob’s solo work Blood on the Dance Floor received the 2017 Green Room Award Best Independent Production and he was recipient of the 2018 Australia Council for the Arts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship.

Jacob Boehme said: “I am honored to be joining the team at Carriageworks as Director, First Nations Programs. As the arts and cultural sector; its artists and organisations navigate this time of transition and change, it is as much an exciting opportunity as it is challenging to reimagine what our futures might look like. I look forward to working alongside my communities, Elders and colleagues to develop and deliver a new era of First Nations arts and cultural programs at Carriageworks.”

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September 27, 2021

New Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf to open 4 November

Sydney’s newest public art gallery, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf will open to the public on Thursday 4 November 2021, housed within the architecturally reworked 122-year-old St Brigid’s building overlooking Sydney Harbour in Double Bay. The gallery’s revised opening date follows the NSW Government’s announcement that museums and galleries will be permitted to reopen after the state passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target, and will comply with public health requirements.

Launching with an inaugural exhibition featuring the finalists of the 20th Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf will be the heart of a new cultural precinct, including the Council Chambers built in 1863, the picturesque Blackburn Gardens, Murray Rose Pool, Redleaf Beach and kiosk, presenting a year-round program of contemporary art exhibitions, artist residencies and public programs.

Sydney’s newest public art gallery, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf will open to the public on Thursday 4 November 2021, housed within the architecturally reworked 122-year-old St Brigid’s building overlooking Sydney Harbour in Double Bay. The gallery’s revised opening date follows the NSW Government’s announcement that museums and galleries will be permitted to reopen after the state passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target, and will comply with public health requirements.

Launching with an inaugural exhibition featuring the finalists of the 20th Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf will be the heart of a new cultural precinct, including the Council Chambers built in 1863, the picturesque Blackburn Gardens, Murray Rose Pool, Redleaf Beach and kiosk, presenting a year-round program of contemporary art exhibitions, artist residencies and public programs.

The winner of the 20th Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize will be announced on Wednesday 3 November 2021, at a Covid-safe unveiling of the new gallery and virtual presentation. From Thursday 4 November, the Prize’s finalist exhibition will feature 52 works – each measuring up to 80cm in any dimension – by artists from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom alongside the Council’s collection of 19 previous winning works from the Prize.

Image: St Brigid’s building pre-renovation, James Horan, 2019

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September 23, 2021

SHEPPARTON ART MUSEUM DESIGNED BY DENTON CORKER MARSHALL TO BE UNVEILED 20 NOVEMBER 2021

A new landmark cultural destination, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) designed by internationally renowned architects Denton Corker Marshall will open to the public on 20 November 2021. The design was unanimously selected from an architectural competition in 2017 and endorsed by Greater Shepparton City Council.

Designed to act as a ‘live’ building where every surface presents an opportunity for display, event or installation, the new art museum is characterised by simplicity and clarity of materials and form and includes an art museum housing over 4,000 artworks, four main gallery spaces including a dedicated Kids Space and Workshops; Visitors’ Information Centre; Kaiela Arts Aboriginal community arts centre; an outdoor amphitheatre and Art Hill; and cafe and 150-person event space and terrace, all within an 5,300m2 cubic building.

A new landmark cultural destination, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) designed by internationally renowned architects Denton Corker Marshall will open to the public on 20 November 2021. The design was unanimously selected from an architectural competition in 2017 and endorsed by Greater Shepparton City Council.

Designed to act as a ‘live’ building where every surface presents an opportunity for display, event or installation, the new art museum is characterised by simplicity and clarity of materials and form and includes an art museum housing over 4,000 artworks, four main gallery spaces including a dedicated Kids Space and Workshops; Visitors’ Information Centre; Kaiela Arts Aboriginal community arts centre; an outdoor amphitheatre and Art Hill; and cafe and 150-person event space and terrace, all within an 5,300m2 cubic building.

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September 22, 2021

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY RESCHEDULES TO SEPTEMBER 2022 AND INTRODUCES “EXPLORE SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY” WITH MORE THAN 1,800 ARTWORKS ONLINE

Australasia’s premier art fair, Sydney Contemporary, has announced it will present a digital edition of 2021 Fair from 11 – 21 November due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 restrictions. Providing crucial support for the arts community, Explore Sydney Contemporary will feature 1,800 artworks by more than 450 artists hailing from countries including Australia, China, England, France, Ghana, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand, alongside a digital public program to be announced in the coming weeks.

Australasia’s premier art fair, Sydney Contemporary, has announced it will present a digital edition of 2021 Fair from 11 – 21 November due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 restrictions. Providing crucial support for the arts community, Explore Sydney Contemporary will feature 1,800 artworks by more than 450 artists hailing from countries including Australia, China, England, France, Ghana, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand, alongside a digital public program to be announced in the coming weeks.

Sydney Contemporary Founder Tim Etchells said: “When rescheduling the physical Fair to the November 2021 dates, we genuinely believed that we could run the Fair as we had always planned but regrettably, as the covid pandemic continues to impact Australia, the Sydney Contemporary team believes that a digital delivery is the safest way for us to support artists and the broader arts community at this time.”

Image: Tomislav Nikolic “To explain how it feels”, 2021 at Fox Jensen Gallery.

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September 16, 2021

SYDNEY DESIGN WEEK 2021 EXPLORES THEME OF ‘HYPERCONNECTED’

Sydney Design Week 2021, presented by the Powerhouse Museum, goes digital with a two-day Design Summit on the 16–17 September 2021. A program of panel discussions and talks will centre on the theme Hyperconnectivity, exploring the ties that bind us today. Curated by writer, editor and Creative Director Stephen Todd, the program connects local and international designers and global design centres including Lindsey Adelman, Ronan Bouroullec, Design Museum London, David Flack, Yasmine Ghoniem, Adam Markovitz, Jennifer McMaster, M+ Museum featuring Tina Pang and Gary Chang, Marc Newson, Ivana Taylor and Jonathan Zawada.

Sydney Design Week 2021, presented by the Powerhouse Museum, goes digital with a two-day Design Summit on the 16–17 September 2021. A program of panel discussions and talks will centre on the theme Hyperconnectivity, exploring the ties that bind us today. Curated by writer, editor and Creative Director Stephen Todd, the program connects local and international designers and global design centres including Lindsey Adelman, Ronan Bouroullec, Design Museum London, David Flack, Yasmine Ghoniem, Adam Markovitz, Jennifer McMaster, M+ Museum featuring Tina Pang and Gary Chang, Marc Newson, Ivana Taylor and Jonathan Zawada.

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September 3, 2021

SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE ESSENCE OF FRINGE

The Sydney Fringe has announced The Essence of Fringe, a digital program that will be presented from 10 September – 1 October 2021 to support and create new opportunities for artists in the wake of the cancellation of the 2021 Festival. The program will feature nine highlight music and theatre events from the planned 2021 physical program, three Australian premieres by award-winning American performance artist Brian Feldman and two works by acclaimed Australian artist Jon Bennett, alongside a masterclass program of seminars and workshops focused on artist career development.

The Sydney Fringe has announced The Essence of Fringe, a digital program that will be presented from 10 September – 1 October 2021 to support and create new opportunities for artists in the wake of the cancellation of the 2021 Festival. The program will feature nine highlight music and theatre events from the planned 2021 physical program, three Australian premieres by award-winning American performance artist Brian Feldman and two works by acclaimed Australian artist Jon Bennett, alongside a masterclass program of seminars and workshops focused on artist career development.

For more detail and to buy tickets visit the Sydney Fringe website HERE.

Image: Symphonie Fantastique by Little Eggs. Courtesy Sydney Fringe.

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August 30, 2021

HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2021 HIGHLIGHT EXHIBITIONS

Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual photography event, today announced five exhibitions that will headline the 2021 Festival, featuring the work of renowned international and Australian photographers presented across multiple outdoor venues from 19 – 28 November.

After a successful digital edition in 2020, the Festival returns this year with a physical footprint that will once again enliven Sydney’s Eastern suburbs with a program of more than 50 international and local photographic exhibitions for industry professionals, art lovers and the general public.

Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual photography event, today announced five exhibitions that will headline the 2021 Festival, featuring the work of renowned international and Australian photographers presented across multiple outdoor venues from 19 – 28 November.

After a successful digital edition in 2020, the Festival returns this year with a physical footprint that will once again enliven Sydney’s Eastern suburbs with a program of more than 50 international and local photographic exhibitions for industry professionals, art lovers and the general public. Venue highlights include Paddington Reservoir Gardens and the popular Bondi Beach Promenade installation that will line the beachfront with 20 exhibitions by international and Australian photographers exploring stories, places and cultures from around the world.

The 12th edition of the Festival will present a diverse program of photographic exhibitions with highlights including the Australian premiere of a new exhibition by internationally acclaimed photographer Roger Ballen and American photographer Neil Kramer’s comedy series about COVID-19 life in Queens, Australian photographer Bridgette Gower’s study of bugs as revellers in a back garden dance floor, and the Australian premiere of international collective The Everyday Project’s group exhibition highlighting the vital stories of women migrants around the world.

IMAGE: Nichole Sobecki, The Everyday Projects, Courtesy of Head On Photo Festival.

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August 16, 2021

CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF MAJOR VIDEO WORK BY ARTIST KUBA DORABIALSKI ONLINE

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts centres, will present the world premiere of Invocation Trilogy, a major new video work by award-winning Polish Australian artist and filmmaker Kuba Dorabialski reflecting on language, politics and cultural memory; online for free from 18 August – 10 October 2021.

Conceived through the lens of his biographical ties to Eastern Europe and filmed and performed in Dorabialski’s own fictional Slavic language—designed to be partly intelligible to most Slavic language speakers—Invocation Trilogy investigates what it means to explore memories, real and distorted, as a migrant who now lives in Australia.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts centres, will present the world premiere of Invocation Trilogy, a major new video work by award-winning Polish Australian artist and filmmaker Kuba Dorabialski reflecting on language, politics and cultural memory; online for free from 18 August – 10 October 2021.

Conceived through the lens of his biographical ties to Eastern Europe and filmed and performed in Dorabialski’s own fictional Slavic language—designed to be partly intelligible to most Slavic language speakers—Invocation Trilogy investigates what it means to explore memories, real and distorted, as a migrant who now lives in Australia. Through its uneasy mix of brooding earnestness and absurdist comedy, Dorabialski poses the grand and preposterous question: What is this thing we call Eastern Europe?

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August 12, 2021

German Baroque violinist Jonas Zschenderlein performs with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in exclusive digital concert

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will perform with German Baroque violinist Jonas Zschenderlein in an exclusive digital concert which will premiere on Brandenburg One on 28 August.

Jonas Zschenderlein was due to perform with Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in Melbourne and Sydney last month, for their third concert series Bach’s Universe. The concerts would have marked Zschenderlein’s Australian debut and his first live concert season in over a year. However, the current lockdowns and restrictions in place due to COVID-19 meant the physical concerts were no longer able to take place and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra pivoted to filming a cinematic concert film for their innovative digital streaming platform Brandenburg One.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will perform with German Baroque violinist Jonas Zschenderlein in an exclusive digital concert which will premiere on Brandenburg One on 28 August.

Jonas Zschenderlein was due to perform with Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in Melbourne and Sydney last month, for their third concert series Bach’s Universe. The concerts would have marked Zschenderlein’s Australian debut and his first live concert season in over a year. However, the current lockdowns and restrictions in place due to COVID-19 meant the physical concerts were no longer able to take place and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra pivoted to filming a cinematic concert film for their innovative digital streaming platform Brandenburg One. Shot in an empty City Recital Hall in July, Bach’s Universe will see the young German Baroque violinist perform alongside the Brandenburg musicians in a new production directed by Sydney-based director and writer Stef Smith.

A celebration of JS Bach, the program features an impassioned performance by Zschenderlein of Bach’s Violin Concerto in E major in his Australian debut alongside intimate instrumental works and immersive orchestral offerings. Bach’s Universe includes Bach’s timeless Air from the Orchestral Suite No. 3 and Prelude in E minor, BWV 855 from the first book of The Well Tempered Clavier.

Photo: Keith Saunders

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August 3, 2021

The first regional gallery in the Southern Highlands, Ngununggula, announces inaugural exhibition program

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, has announced its inaugural exhibition program. Meaning “belonging” in the traditional language of the Gundungurra First Nation People, Ngununggula will open to the public on 25 September in what was the old dairy at Retford Park. Featuring a heritage-sensitive gallery design undertaken by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and constructed by Richard Crookes Constructions. Ngununggula will be surrounded by a landscaped garden created by Jane Irwin and a new café, Hearth in partnership with Moonacres Kitchen.

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, has announced its inaugural exhibition program. Meaning “belonging” in the traditional language of the Gundungurra First Nation People, Ngununggula will open to the public on 25 September in what was the old dairy at Retford Park. Featuring a heritage-sensitive gallery design undertaken by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and constructed by Richard Crookes Constructions. Ngununggula will be surrounded by a landscaped garden created by Jane Irwin and a new café, Hearth in partnership with Moonacres Kitchen.

Under the leadership of Director Megan Monte, the new Gallery will capture the cultural vibrancy of the region through a dynamic curatorial program and community-minded approach. With a focus on visual arts and education, the program will represent the region and beyond through significant exhibitions, artist-led projects, live events, workshops, artist talks and public programs. Creating engaging ways for the local community to connect with artists and their ideas will be at the core of Ngununggula’s philosophy.

The opening exhibition will feature new work by Tamara Dean alongside a major new commissioned installation by Megan Cope.

Image: The Old Dairy, Retford Park, Photo Ashley Mackevicius

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July 27, 2021

AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PERMANENT REGIONAL MULTIMEDIA ARTS PAVILION SET TO LAUNCH IN LAKE MACQUARIE

Australia’s first permanent regional multimedia arts pavilion, the Multi-Arts Pavilion mima – dubbed MAP mima – is set to open to the public with 10 new commissions by Australian artists including Hiromi Tango, whose work is pictured on the exterior of the pavilion. Each new commission explores the unique history, culture and landscape of the region, and celebrates Lake Macquarie as a cultural hub for contemporary art and performance. Designed as a flexible, high-tech multi-arts platform, the MAP mima will host a year-round dedicated program of cultural events including national and international contemporary art installations, digital art screenings, live performances and music.

Australia’s first permanent regional multimedia arts pavilion, the Multi-Arts Pavilion mima – dubbed MAP mima – is set to open to the public with 10 new commissions by Australian artists including Hiromi Tango, whose work is pictured on the exterior of the pavilion. Each new commission explores the unique history, culture and landscape of the region, and celebrates Lake Macquarie as a cultural hub for contemporary art and performance. Designed as a flexible, high-tech multi-arts platform, the MAP mima will host a year-round dedicated program of cultural events including national and international contemporary art installations, digital art screenings, live performances and music. Situated an hour’s drive north from Sydney on the shore of Lake Macquarie in Speers Point Park, the architectural pavilion compliments the award-winning Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie and forms part of the Lake Arts Precinct.

 

 

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July 20, 2021

Finalists announced for inaugural Environmental Art and Design Prize

The inaugural edition of the Northern Beaches Council’s Environmental Art and Design Prize has selected 228 finalist works which will be presented in an exhibition across three arts venues on the Northern Beaches. Selected from 826 entries, the finalists will be reviewed to determine winning works by the judging panel comprised of internationally renowned artist Euan Macleod; artist, designer and curator Liane Rossler; and CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre, Lisa Cahill.

The inaugural edition of the Northern Beaches Council’s Environmental Art and Design Prize has selected 228 finalist works which will be presented in an exhibition across three arts venues on the Northern Beaches. Selected from 826 entries, the finalists will be reviewed to determine winning works by the judging panel comprised of internationally renowned artist Euan Macleod; artist, designer and curator Liane Rossler; and CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre, Lisa Cahill.

The Prize celebrates contemporary arts practices that are socially engaged, environmentally aware and seek to enrich and contribute to positive change through creative practice. The finalist works have been selected across the categories of Wearable Design, Functional Design, Digital, Works on Paper and Photography, Ceramics and Small Sculpture, Painting, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, and a separate youth category for creatives aged 7 – 18 years old.

Images: Julie Bartholomew, Climate Scrolls, Porcelain with small crystal glass sections, 6 objects each 10cm diameter.

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July 13, 2021

CLAY DYNASTY 50 YEARS OF AUSTRALIAN STUDIO CERAMICS

A major exhibition charting studio ceramic practice in Australia over the last 50 years will open at the Powerhouse Museum on 20 August 2021.

Bringing together works from 168 Australian artists, Clay Dynasty will celebrate Australian studio ceramics, as shaped by three generations of makers. The exhibition will present more than 450 works from the Powerhouse collection and will feature 70 new commissions and acquisitions from Australian artists.

Surveying over 50 years of practice, Clay Dynasty will feature works by pioneer potters who profoundly changed the course of Australian studio ceramics in the 1960s.

A major exhibition charting studio ceramic practice in Australia over the last 50 years will open at the Powerhouse Museum on 20 August 2021.

Bringing together works from 168 Australian artists, Clay Dynasty will celebrate Australian studio ceramics, as shaped by three generations of makers. The exhibition will present more than 450 works from the Powerhouse collection and will feature 70 new commissions and acquisitions from Australian artists.

Surveying over 50 years of practice, Clay Dynasty will feature works by pioneer potters who profoundly changed the course of Australian studio ceramics in the 1960s. Led by the English potter Bernard Leach’s interest in pre-industrial ceramic traditions of Europe and East Asia, they made uniquely Australian objects by using local materials and responding to the Australian environment.

Alongside the functional tradition, Clay Dynasty will explore the quest for artistic expression. Objects from the 1970s will illustrate the impact of American Funk art movement and popular culture in Australia, while works from the 1980s will reveal how Australian artists explored the vessel tradition through postmodern forms, colours and patterns.

Image: Marea Gazzard, ‘Delos: Naxos’ and ‘Delos: Paros’, stoneware with semi-matt glaze, Paddington, New South Wales, 1972

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July 13, 2021

NEW CEO ANNOUNCED FOR BUNDANON

The Chairman of Bundanon Trust’s Board of Directors, Jennifer Bott AO, announced today the appointment of Rachel Kent as the new CEO of Bundanon Trust after a six-month international search and recruitment process. Rachel will commence on 6 September 2021. She will work with current CEO, Deborah Ely AM, on a full handover in the period leading up to this date. Deborah Ely announced her decision to step down from the role in December 2020.

The Chairman of Bundanon Trust’s Board of Directors, Jennifer Bott AO, announced today the appointment of Rachel Kent as the new CEO of Bundanon Trust after a six-month international search and recruitment process. Rachel will commence on 6 September 2021. She will work with current CEO, Deborah Ely AM, on a full handover in the period leading up to this date. Deborah Ely announced her decision to step down from the role in December 2020.

Rachel Kent is an experienced arts leader, art historian, and head curator with extensive experience working with international museums and cultural institutions as well as extended family connections in the Shoalhaven region. She is currently Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia where she leads the curatorial team, delivering its artistic vision and programs. Rachel is an outstanding advocate for contemporary and First Nations art and for the MCA, nationally and internationally, as well as being highly effective at building philanthropic and government support for the arts.

Rachel Kent Photo credit: Anna Kucera

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July 6, 2021

Acclaimed artist and educator Lucy Irvine announced as the 2021 DESIGN Canberra Festival designer-in-residence

Canberra-based artist and educator Lucy Irvine has today been announced as the designer-in-residence for the 2021 DESIGN Canberra Festival. Irvine has been commissioned to create a new sculptural installation inspired by this year’s festival theme of transformation to be exhibited during the annual three-week event, presented across the nation’s capital from 8 until 28 November 2021, celebrating Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory.

Now in its eighth year, DESIGN Canberra showcases the city’s thriving design community and in 2021 presents a diverse program of events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artists’ studios, and open homes.

Canberra-based artist and educator Lucy Irvine has today been announced as the designer-in-residence for the 2021 DESIGN Canberra Festival. Irvine has been commissioned to create a new sculptural installation inspired by this year’s festival theme of transformation to be exhibited during the annual three-week event, presented across the nation’s capital from 8 until 28 November 2021, celebrating Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory.

Now in its eighth year, DESIGN Canberra showcases the city’s thriving design community and in 2021 presents a diverse program of events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artists’ studios, and open homes.

Irvine’s commissioned signature artwork, titled ‘The Stills‘, will be presented in a Craft ACT exhibition for the duration of the festival. Irvine will also create a large-scale, site-specific temporary installation at The Cutting next to Lake Burley Griffin, as well as taking part in a workshop, and presenting an artist’s talk about her exhibition.

 

Image: 2021 DESIGN Canberra signature artwork, The Stills, created by Lucy Irvine. Photo by Lean Timms

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July 1, 2021

Liquid Architecture, West Space and Bus Projects announce new collaborative project, disorganising

Three contemporary experimental art organisations, Liquid Architecture, West Space and Bus Projects are collaborating for a new creative project titled disorganising, that will be based at the recently launched contemporary arts precinct, Collingwood Yards.

Arising from the ongoing context of COVID-19 and a lack of government funding, disorganising was founded as a collaborative project to share knowledge and forge new ways forward for art organisations that would have otherwise been lost.

Disorganising brings together artists in the surrounding neighbourhood to explore new ways of organising and commission new works which will be presented to the public over three days from 29 – 31 July 2021 across the site of Collingwood Yards, in the form of workshops, exhibitions, performance, lectures, readings, music and more.

Three contemporary experimental art organisations, Liquid Architecture, West Space and Bus Projects are collaborating for a new creative project titled disorganising, that will be based at the recently launched contemporary arts precinct, Collingwood Yards.

Arising from the ongoing context of COVID-19 and a lack of government funding, disorganising was founded as a collaborative project to share knowledge and forge new ways forward for art organisations that would have otherwise been lost.

Disorganising brings together artists in the surrounding neighbourhood to explore new ways of organising and commission new works which will be presented to the public over three days from 29 – 31 July 2021 across the site of Collingwood Yards, in the form of workshops, exhibitions, performance, lectures, readings, music and more.

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June 30, 2021

Anna Schwartz Gallery to present monumental new work by Australian artist Rose Nolan

Anna Schwartz Gallery has announced it will present a monumental new floor work by significant Australian artist Rose Nolan from 11 September – 16 October 2021.

Known for her distinctive reduced palette of red and white, and use of utilitarian materials, Nolan’s latest installation comprises a large carpet and mirrored panels that will occupy the Gallery for the duration of her month-long exhibition. The new solo exhibition, titled Parlour Games, continues Nolan’s exploration of the possibilities of painting, shifting her work from the wall to the floor to inhabit a new space.

Anna Schwartz Gallery has announced it will present a monumental new floor work by significant Australian artist Rose Nolan from 11 September – 16 October 2021.

Known for her distinctive reduced palette of red and white, and use of utilitarian materials, Nolan’s latest installation comprises a large carpet and mirrored panels that will occupy the Gallery for the duration of her month-long exhibition. The new solo exhibition, titled Parlour Games, continues Nolan’s exploration of the possibilities of painting, shifting her work from the wall to the floor to inhabit a new space.

Nolan’s practice is known for its investigation of the formal and linguistic qualities of words, directly using language to transform the architectural spaces they inhabit. A recent example is the towering public art work ‘Screen Works – ENOUGH-NOW/EVEN/MORE-SO’, for the Munro Site, Queen Victoria Market Renewal, City of Melbourne, with Six Degrees Architects. Proposed as verbal-visual puzzles, Nolan uses text as material object, derived from the everyday where words are chosen for their visual presence, formal qualities and linguistic content. By making language concrete in this way meaning is allowed to be approached differently. This same approach is applied to the new installation in Parlour Games.

Image: Rose Nolan, Big Words – to keep going breathing helps (circle work), 2017, synthetic polymer paint, hessian, velcro, steel, 425 x 598.6 x 515.5 cm, Photo: Felicity Jenkins, © Rose Nolan. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

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June 25, 2021

IAN STRANGE UNVEILS NEW ART INTERVENTION FOR CITY OF SYDNEY ART & ABOUT

A striking new commission by City of Sydney’s Art & About by multi-disciplinary artist Ian Strange, sees a derelict terrace house in Sydney’s Surry Hills appear skewered with dozens of customised LED rods. Titled INTERSECTIONS and on view for two weeks until Sunday 4 July, Strange’s artistic intervention of a derelict, heritage Victorian terrace can be viewed on foot or via the light rail on the corner of Marlborough and Devonshire Streets in Surry Hills.

A striking new commission by City of Sydney’s Art & About by multi-disciplinary artist Ian Strange, sees a derelict terrace house in Sydney’s Surry Hills appear skewered with dozens of customised LED rods. Titled INTERSECTIONS and on view for two weeks until Sunday 4 July, Strange’s artistic intervention of a derelict, heritage Victorian terrace can be viewed on foot or via the light rail on the corner of Marlborough and Devonshire Streets in Surry Hills.

The house is skewered with dozens of customised LED rods, the light beams seemingly piercing the roof and façade, penetrating the interiors with bright white light, as if volts from an unseen superpower are attempting to jolt the building back to life. For INTERSECTIONS, Strange uses light to draw our attention to the Victorian architecture of the Marlborough Street terrace, while emphasising its dilapidated condition and the potential loss of built heritage.

 

Image: Ian Strange, INTERSECTIONS

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June 24, 2021

AUSTRALIA AND THE UK ANNOUNCE LARGEST EVER CULTURAL EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS

A major new cultural exchange between Australia and the United Kingdom (UK) has been announced today, celebrating the diverse and innovative artist communities and cultural sectors of each nation. A collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, the UK/Australia Season is a unique artistic programme of more than 200 live and digital events, marking the largest ever cultural exchange between the two nations.

A major new cultural exchange between Australia and the United Kingdom (UK) has been announced today, celebrating the diverse and innovative artist communities and cultural sectors of each nation. A collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, the UK/Australia Season is a unique artistic programme of more than 200 live and digital events, marking the largest ever cultural exchange between the two nations. Launching in both countries in September 2021, The Season will strengthen and build cultural connections and will include a diverse programme spanning theatre, film, visual arts, dance, design, architecture, music, literature, higher education and a public engagement programme.

Artists, thought leaders and academics from the UK and Australia will collaborate together to create work, centred on the theme Who Are We Now?. The Season will reflect on our history, explore our current relationship, and imagine our future together.

Image: Ed Myhill, National Dance Company Wales

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June 22, 2021

UTS Gallery and Art Collection commissions major new 12-metre digital work by Barkindji artist Kent Morris

UTS Gallery and Art Collection have commissioned a major new digital work by Barkindji artist Kent Morris to be presented on the 2021 Broadway Screen. Morris will present his new video work Barkindji Blue Sky – Ancestral Connections on the 12-metre digital screen, which will be unveiled to the public on Tuesday 3 August 2021 as part of Vivid Sydney 2021 and playing exclusively until Monday 16 August 2021. The work will then become part of the permanent rotation for the Broadway Screen.

UTS Gallery and Art Collection have commissioned a major new digital work by Barkindji artist Kent Morris to be presented on the 2021 Broadway Screen. Morris will present his new video work Barkindji Blue Sky – Ancestral Connections on the 12-metre digital screen, which will be unveiled to the public on Tuesday 3 August 2021 as part of Vivid Sydney 2021 and playing exclusively until Monday 16 August 2021. The work will then become part of the permanent rotation for the Broadway Screen.

The commission launch will be marked on Tuesday 3 August with an in-conversation between Barkindji artist Kent Morris, Clothilde Bullen, Senior Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections and Exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Nici Cumpston, Artistic Director Tarnanthi and Curator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at Art Gallery of South Australia. The discussion will be moderated by respected ABC journalist Daniel Browning.

Image credit: Kent Morris, Barkindji Blue Sky – Ancestral Connections, 2021

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June 22, 2021

WILLIAM ROBINSON’S 16 YEAR CREATION SERIES TO BE PRESENTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MAJOR EXHIBITION AT HOTA GALLERY

Coinciding with the artist’s 85th year, HOTA, Home of the Arts presents Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson, the second major exhibition at HOTA Gallery from 31 July to 3 October 2021. Celebrating one of Australia’s foremost living artists and greatest landscape painters, this exhibition will see Robinson’s entire Creation Series, produced over 16 years, presented together for the first time.

Robinson’s Creation Series is widely considered his master works, the series highlights the artist’s spiritual connection to the natural world and through their symphonic composition, his love of classical music.

Coinciding with the artist’s 85th year, HOTA, Home of the Arts presents Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson, the second major exhibition at HOTA Gallery from 31 July to 3 October 2021. Celebrating one of Australia’s foremost living artists and greatest landscape painters, this exhibition will see Robinson’s entire Creation Series, produced over 16 years, presented together for the first time.

Robinson’s Creation Series is widely considered his master works, the series highlights the artist’s spiritual connection to the natural world and through their symphonic composition, his love of classical music. Curated by former Governor-General and close friend of the artist Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson will feature these monumental multi-panelled other epic landscapes, including HOTA’s own The Rainforest.

Image: William Robinson, The rainforest 1990 (detail), oil on canvas, 188.0 x 492.5 cm, Collection, HOTA Gallery. Acquired through funds from Gold Coast’s business and art-loving community 1991 © Image courtesy the artist and Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane.

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June 21, 2021

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces finalists for 20th anniversary exhibition

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council since 2001, has announced 54 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 20th annual Prize and exhibition. The finalist works, by artists from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Italy, will be presented for the first time in the Woollahra Council’s new purpose-built gallery – the Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf – as its inaugural exhibition, opening to the public on Thursday 19 August 2021.

The 54 finalist artist sculptures – each measuring up to 80cm in any dimension – were selected from a record 844 entries by a judging panel comprised of Director Curatorial and Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Dr Lara Strongman, Art Historian, Curator and Industrial Archaeologist Joanna Capon OAM and celebrated artist and fashion designer Jenny Kee AO.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council since 2001, has announced 54 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 20th annual Prize and exhibition. The finalist works, by artists from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Italy, will be presented for the first time in the Woollahra Council’s new purpose-built gallery – the Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf – as its inaugural exhibition, opening to the public on Thursday 19 August 2021.

The 54 finalist artist sculptures – each measuring up to 80cm in any dimension – were selected from a record 844 entries by a judging panel comprised of Director Curatorial and Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Dr Lara Strongman, Art Historian, Curator and Industrial Archaeologist Joanna Capon OAM and celebrated artist and fashion designer Jenny Kee AO.

The exhibition will be presented, free to the public, in the new Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, located on the former Double Bay Library site at 548 New South Head Road. The Gallery’s vision is to be the cultural heart of Woollahra and support creative talent to flourish. A collaborative space for all to connect with and be enriched by the arts, the Gallery will focus on contemporary art through a yearly exhibition calendar of a range of diverse shows by different artists.

For the full list of finalists see HERE.

Image: Jess Taylor, Nothing EverythingThe heart of all things!

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June 16, 2021

DESIGN CANBERRA EXPLORES DESIGN IN THE 1970s

DESIGN Canberra’s annual photography competition has announced its theme for 2021, encouraging professional and amateur photographers to take photos which take a closer look at Canberra’s iconic design and architecture from the 1970s.

The 2021 photo competition invites individuals to submit digital photographs that celebrate the visionary and experimental design that emerged from the nation’s capital in the 1970s. The theme of ‘Design in the 70s’ may capture iconic architecture by Taglietti, Seidler, Boyd, Andrews and Pegrum; Canberra’s co-living medium density experiments;  public art by Bert Flugelman and Margel Hinder; or the refinement of the Y plan in Canberra’s town planning.

DESIGN Canberra’s annual photography competition has announced its theme for 2021, encouraging professional and amateur photographers to take photos which take a closer look at Canberra’s iconic design and architecture from the 1970s.

The 2021 photo competition invites individuals to submit digital photographs that celebrate the visionary and experimental design that emerged from the nation’s capital in the 1970s. The theme of ‘Design in the 70s’ may capture iconic architecture by Taglietti, Seidler, Boyd, Andrews and Pegrum; Canberra’s co-living medium density experiments;  public art by Bert Flugelman and Margel Hinder; or the refinement of the Y plan in Canberra’s town planning.

The top 100 photos will be printed and exhibited in a signature DESIGN Canberra exhibition at Canberra Contemporary Art Space from 8-28 November 2021.

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June 16, 2021

Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet returns for national tour after COVID-19 shutdown in 2020

Bell Shakespeare will revive their popular 2020 production of Hamlet for their third season of 2021. The production, which received rave reviews before closing only one-and-a-half weeks after opening due to the COVID-19 lockdown in Sydney, will see the return of Harriet Gordon-Anderson as Hamlet, opening at the Sydney Opera House (7 August – 4 September), before travelling for the first time to Arts Centre Melbourne (9 – 19 September) and Canberra Theatre Centre (24 September – 2 October).

Bell Shakespeare will revive their popular 2020 production of Hamlet for their third season of 2021. The production, which received rave reviews before closing only one-and-a-half weeks after opening due to the COVID-19 lockdown in Sydney, will see the return of Harriet Gordon-Anderson as Hamlet, opening at the Sydney Opera House (7 August – 4 September), before travelling for the first time to Arts Centre Melbourne (9 – 19 September) and Canberra Theatre Centre (24 September – 2 October).

Directed by Bell Shakespeare Artistic Director Peter Evans, Shakespeare’s seminal revenge tragedy is reimagined for contemporary audiences, transporting them to a wintery Denmark in the 1960s. Inside the glamorous court, a family is torn apart by murder and betrayal. Outside, a country is threatened by Norway. And at the centre of this struggle is a young man’s grief for a murdered father.

Image: Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet, 2020. Photo: Brett Boardman

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June 15, 2021

THE ICONIC POWERHOUSE TRANSFORMED WITH FOCUS ON DESIGN & FASHION

The Powerhouse Museum has has announced a transformed investment of $480-$500m by NSW Government into one of Australia’s most revered and loved museums, Powerhouse Ultimo. The renewal will see Powerhouse Ultimo focus on design and fashion, presenting exhibitions that feature the museum’s significant collections, international exclusive exhibitions and programs that support the design and fashion industries. The expansion will deliver renewed and expanded exhibition and public space, connecting the Powerhouse Museum to the City by re-orienting the Museum to the Goods Line and connecting to adjacent precincts.

The Powerhouse Museum has has announced a transformed investment of $480-$500m by NSW Government into one of Australia’s most revered and loved museums, Powerhouse Ultimo. The renewal will see Powerhouse Ultimo focus on design and fashion, presenting exhibitions that feature the museum’s significant collections, international exclusive exhibitions and programs that support the design and fashion industries. The expansion will deliver renewed and expanded exhibition and public space, connecting the Powerhouse Museum to the City by re-orienting the Museum to the Goods Line and connecting to adjacent precincts.

Powerhouse Chief Executive Lisa Havilah said: “The renewal of our institution will deliver two world-class museums – with a design and fashion focus at Powerhouse Ultimo and our flagship museum focused on science and technology museum, Powerhouse Parramatta.“This visionary investment will see the expansion of our exhibition spaces as well as renewal of our historic exhibition spaces. We will create a vibrant public square beside the Goods Line, and creative industries workspaces that will become home for Australian designers.”

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June 7, 2021

German Baroque violinist Jonas Zschenderlein makes his Australian debut with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in Bach’s Universe

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will perform with young German Baroque violinist Jonas Zschenderlein for their next concert series Bach’s Universe, taking place at Melbourne Recital Centre (15 – 18 July) and Sydney’s City Recital Hall (21 – 30 July). In this concert celebrating JS Bach, audiences will have the chance to see one of the few international musicians touring in Australia in 2021 as Zschenderlein performs his first live concert season in over a year.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will perform with young German Baroque violinist Jonas Zschenderlein for their next concert series Bach’s Universe, taking place at Melbourne Recital Centre (15 – 18 July) and Sydney’s City Recital Hall (21 – 30 July). In this concert celebrating JS Bach, audiences will have the chance to see one of the few international musicians touring in Australia in 2021 as Zschenderlein performs his first live concert season in over a year.

Following the live concerts, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will also present a digital première of the concert on 28 August on its new digital concert platform Brandenburg One.

Image: Jonas Zschenderlein. Photo by Kazutoshi Hirano.

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June 7, 2021

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES SOLO EXHIBITION OF NEW WORK BY DEAN CROSS

Carriageworks has announced a major new solo exhibition of work by Clothing Store resident artist Dean Cross to be presented from 5 November 2021 – 30 January 2022. Icarus, my Son is a semi-autobiographical exhibition, presented by Carriageworks in partnership with Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, that takes inspiration from the ancient Greek tragedy of Icarus and Daedalus and examines themes universal to the experience of those in rural and remote communities who seek to expand their horizons.

Carriageworks has announced a major new solo exhibition of work by Clothing Store resident artist Dean Cross to be presented from 5 November 2021 – 30 January 2022. Icarus, my Son is a semi-autobiographical exhibition, presented by Carriageworks in partnership with Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, that takes inspiration from the ancient Greek tragedy of Icarus and Daedalus and examines themes universal to the experience of those in rural and remote communities who seek to expand their horizons. Featuring new video, sculptural and installation works by Cross, Icarus, my Son investigates ideas of home, ambition, cataclysm and loss.

Image: Zan Wimberly

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June 2, 2021

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW DANCE WORK BY RESIDENT COMPANY MARRUGEKU

Carriageworks has announced the world premiere of a new dance work by resident company Marrugeku that will be presented from 4 – 7 August 2021. Jurrungu Ngan-ga – meaning Straight Talk in Yawuru- reflects on the disproportion of Indigenous Australians in custody and first-hand descriptions of life inside Australia’s immigration detention centres.

The multimedia theatre production is inspired by perspectives on incarceration shared by Yawuru leader and Senator for Western Australia Patrick Dodson, one of six commissioners and the only non-lawyer who sat on the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Carriageworks has announced the world premiere of a new dance work by resident company Marrugeku that will be presented from 4 – 7 August 2021. Jurrungu Ngan-ga – meaning Straight Talk in Yawuru- reflects on the disproportion of Indigenous Australians in custody and first-hand descriptions of life inside Australia’s immigration detention centres.

The multimedia theatre production is inspired by perspectives on incarceration shared by Yawuru leader and Senator for Western Australia Patrick Dodson, one of six commissioners and the only non-lawyer who sat on the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. It draws on themes from the acclaimed autobiographical novel No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison (2018) by Kurdish-Iranian journalist and filmmaker Behrouz Boochani. The novel, translated by Iranian Australian philosopher and activist Omid Tofighian from thousands of WhatsApp messages written by Boochani on a smuggled phone, is an account of Boochani’s perilous journey to Christmas Island and his subsequent incarceration in an Australian government immigration detention facility on Manus Island.

Image: Bhenji Ra, Emmanuel James Brown, Miranda Wheen, Zachary Lopez, Chandler Connell, Feras Shaheen, Issa el Assaad, Luke Currie-Richardson & Ses Bero in Jurrungu Ngan-ga, Marrugeku. 2021 Photo by Abby Murray.

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June 1, 2021

Marco Fusinato to present ‘Experimental Hell’ at Anna Schwartz Gallery

Anna Schwartz Gallery will present an exhibition featuring new works by celebrated Australian artist and musician Marco Fusinato from 7 August – 16 October 2021.

Marco Fusinato, who has been selected to represent Australia at next year’s 59th Venice Biennale, will unveil his latest series of works for the exhibition titled Experimental Hell. The exhibition will feature large-scale silk screen works on raw aluminium, a newly recorded album, and a noise performance, to bring the three primary areas of Fusinato’s practice into a single project.

Anna Schwartz Gallery will present an exhibition featuring new works by celebrated Australian artist and musician Marco Fusinato from 7 August – 16 October 2021.

Marco Fusinato, who has been selected to represent Australia at next year’s 59th Venice Biennale, will unveil his latest series of works for the exhibition titled Experimental Hell. The exhibition will feature large-scale silk screen works on raw aluminium, a newly recorded album, and a noise performance, to bring the three primary areas of Fusinato’s practice into a single project.

Image: Marco Fusinato, Aetheric Plexus (Broken X), 2013
36,000 watts white light, 105db white noise. 40 cm × 500cm box truss, Par can 56 lights, couplers, Lanbox LCM,DMX controller,  dimmer racks, DMX mp3 player, line array PA, sensor, extension leads, shot bags.
Dimensions variable. Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
© Marco Fusinato.
Courtesy the artist and Anna SchwartzGallery.

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May 31, 2021

A celebration of the Northern Beaches’ vibrant creative community premieres this August

The Northern Beaches Council has announced it will present Arts in August, a month-long showcase of the creativity of the Northern Beaches region from 6 – 22 August 2021. Comprised of the inaugural Environmental Art and Design Prize presented across three arts venues, and two Creative Open weekends, Arts in August will feature open studios, a diverse range of cultural events, artist-led tours and live performances.

As part of the Festival, the two Creative Open weekends presented on 14 – 15 August and 21 – 22 August will see local designers, makers, musicians and creative businesses open their doors to visitors to experience the abundance of creativity of the Northern Beaches communities.

The Northern Beaches Council has announced it will present Arts in August, a month-long showcase of the creativity of the Northern Beaches region from 6 – 22 August 2021. Comprised of the inaugural Environmental Art and Design Prize presented across three arts venues, and two Creative Open weekends, Arts in August will feature open studios, a diverse range of cultural events, artist-led tours and live performances.

As part of the Festival, the two Creative Open weekends presented on 14 – 15 August and 21 – 22 August will see local designers, makers, musicians and creative businesses open their doors to visitors to experience the abundance of creativity of the Northern Beaches communities. The weekends will act as an arts trail to see the artists and businesses in situ, learn about their industry and witness firsthand their skills and the creation of their work.

Image: Colin Fraser in studio. Photograph by Karen Watson.

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May 25, 2021

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC RETURNS TO CARRIAGEWORKS: ROCK, PUNK AND HIP HOP PROGRAM ANNOUNCED AS PART OF VIVID SYDNEY 2021

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts, has announced a culturally diverse, contemporary music program and a collaboration with margarita maestros Cantina OK!, that will enliven the precinct as part of Vivid Sydney 2021, from 19 until 28 August.

This is the seventh year of Carriageworks’ highly successful involvement with Vivid Sydney, the annual creative festival that transforms Sydney’s CBD into a playground of creativity, innovation and technology. 2021 offers music audiences a wholistic, layered program with a return to dedicated performance venues, Bay 17 and 20, and a focus on design and lighting led by House of Vnholy and Sam Whiteside.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts, has announced a culturally diverse, contemporary music program and a collaboration with margarita maestros Cantina OK!, that will enliven the precinct as part of Vivid Sydney 2021, from 19 until 28 August.

This is the seventh year of Carriageworks’ highly successful involvement with Vivid Sydney, the annual creative festival that transforms Sydney’s CBD into a playground of creativity, innovation and technology. 2021 offers music audiences a wholistic, layered program with a return to dedicated performance venues, Bay 17 and 20, and a focus on design and lighting led by House of Vnholy and Sam Whiteside.

Spanning two distinct themes of Australian hip hop artists and rock / punk bands across multiple performance spaces, the line-up for Vivid Sydney at Carriageworks includes: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Amyl & The Sniffers, Tropical Fuck Storm, Jesswar, Barkaa, Akosia and Open Frame.

Image: Akosia. Courtesy the artist.

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May 24, 2021

Robert Rosen: Glitterati: 40 years of the rich, famous and fabulous

The Powerhouse has announced the details of Robert Rosen: Glitterati, the largest survey of the work of one of Australia’s foremost fashion and social pages photographers, opening on 6 August 2021.

Glitterati will present over 300 photographs and will include images from Rosen’s early career in London and Paris capturing the fashion shows of iconic designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Claude Montana and Zandra Rhodes. In Australia, Rosen brought a new perspective to the fashion pages with his backstage photos at Australian Fashion Week and documented celebrities, politicians and entertainers at parties, openings, launches and events from the exclusive Cointreau Ball to the ARIA Awards.

The Powerhouse has announced the details of Robert Rosen: Glitterati, the largest survey of the work of one of Australia’s foremost fashion and social pages photographers, opening on 6 August 2021.

Glitterati will present over 300 photographs and will include images from Rosen’s early career in London and Paris capturing the fashion shows of iconic designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Claude Montana and Zandra Rhodes. In Australia, Rosen brought a new perspective to the fashion pages with his backstage photos at Australian Fashion Week and documented celebrities, politicians and entertainers at parties, openings, launches and events from the exclusive Cointreau Ball to the ARIA Awards. Glitterati will also include over 50 never-before-seen polaroids from Rosen’s personal archive, dating from 1980-2000, with images of icons including Yoko Ono, David Bowie and Bette Midler.

Image: Paul and Linda McCartney, Abbey Road Studios, 1982. Robert Rosen

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May 20, 2021

SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW 2021 HUBS AND ACTIVATIONS

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, has announced the hubs and new initiatives that will be activated from 1 – 30 September 2021, including the inaugural Young Henry’s Made In Sydney Hub and City Tatts Musical Theatre and Cabaret Hub. After a successful digital season in 2020, the Festival returns this year with a physical footprint that will once again enliven Sydney’s CBD and highlight the city’s vibrant culture, with a diverse program of performance, exhibitions and events spanning music, theatre, comedy, visual art, film, dance, circus, literature and poetry.

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, has announced the hubs and new initiatives that will be activated from 1 – 30 September 2021, including the inaugural Young Henry’s Made In Sydney Hub and City Tatts Musical Theatre and Cabaret Hub. After a successful digital season in 2020, the Festival returns this year with a physical footprint that will once again enliven Sydney’s CBD and highlight the city’s vibrant culture, with a diverse program of performance, exhibitions and events spanning music, theatre, comedy, visual art, film, dance, circus, literature and poetry.

The 2021 Festival will present two new initiatives continuing Sydney Fringe’s work supporting local communities including Art In Isolation, showcasing new works developed as part of the Sydney Fringe’s 2020-2021 residency program, and a new series of AUSLan interpreted and relaxed performances at Eternity Playhouse every Monday of September.

The full program for the 2021 Sydney Fringe Festival will be announced in July. Please visit The Sydney Fringe website for further details and updates. https://www.sydneyfringe.com/

Image: Apocalypse Now, 2019. Image Rob Studdent

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May 11, 2021

Australasia’s premier art fair Sydney Contemporary announces 2021 Gallery List

Sydney Contemporary has announced a strong line-up of more than 85 Australian and New Zealand galleries that will participate in the sixth edition of Australasia’s largest and most diverse art fair. Presented at multi-arts precinct Carriageworks from Thursday 9th until Sunday 12th September 2021, Sydney Contemporary will be the first major art fair presented in Australia since 2019 and will feature works by more than 400 artists hailing from countries including Australia, China, England, France, Ghana, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand.

Sydney Contemporary has announced a strong line-up of more than 85 Australian and New Zealand galleries that will participate in the sixth edition of Australasia’s largest and most diverse art fair. Presented at multi-arts precinct Carriageworks from Thursday 9th until Sunday 12th September 2021, Sydney Contemporary will be the first major art fair presented in Australia since 2019 and will feature works by more than 400 artists hailing from countries including Australia, China, England, France, Ghana, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand.

The past five editions of Sydney Contemporary have attracted more than 112,000 visitors and recorded more than AU$80million in art sales, with 2021 set to continue to build on those figures.

See the full list HERE.

Image: Dale Frank, From Gilgandra, it was his family tradition, for as long as he can remember, for the last 32 years, tall 205cm Colin would spend all the Easter and Christmas holidays being a naturist, sharing a double bed with his mum and dad on a house boat hired from the Tweed Heads Holiday Park, 2020

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May 7, 2021

HOTA GALLERY OPENS ITS DOORS WITH MAJOR EXHIBITION, NEW COMMISSIONS AND 100+ ARTWORKS FROM THE CITY COLLECTION

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts opens the major new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery on Australia’s Gold Coast on Saturday 8 May 2021. Spanning six levels and including over 2,000m2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space and a dedicated Children’s Gallery, HOTA Gallery is the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia.

Celebrating artists from across Australia and the world, HOTA Gallery presents world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives and new commissions, and is home to the $32 million City Collection, consisting of more than 4,400 artworks.

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts opens the major new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery on Australia’s Gold Coast on Saturday 8 May 2021. Spanning six levels and including over 2,000m2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space and a dedicated Children’s Gallery, HOTA Gallery is the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia.

Celebrating artists from across Australia and the world, HOTA Gallery presents world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives and new commissions, and is home to the $32 million City Collection, consisting of more than 4,400 artworks.

Image caption: Back wall: Nicola Moss Local Air 2021; Kirsty Bruce Wonderwall 2021; Aaron Chapman The Towers Project 2021; Back right: Michael Candy, Steal the Sunshine 2021; Front: Ali Bezer I Can Hear Water 2021; SOLID GOLD: Artists from Paradise, HOTA Gallery. Photo by Paul Harris Photography.

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April 27, 2021

Australasia’s premier international art fair Sydney Contemporary announces new Principal Partner Moelis Australia

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s largest and most diverse art fair, has announced a headline partnership with leading ASX-listed financial services firm Moelis Australia, ahead of the fair’s sixth edition. Sydney Contemporary 2021, will be held at Carriageworks from Thursday 9 September until Sunday 12 September.

Sydney Contemporary Founder, Tim Etchells said: “Over the last eight years Sydney Contemporary has been firmly established as the most influential fair in the region and one that is critical to growth of the local art market.

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s largest and most diverse art fair, has announced a headline partnership with leading ASX-listed financial services firm Moelis Australia, ahead of the fair’s sixth edition. Sydney Contemporary 2021, will be held at Carriageworks from Thursday 9 September until Sunday 12 September.

Sydney Contemporary Founder, Tim Etchells said: “Over the last eight years Sydney Contemporary has been firmly established as the most influential fair in the region and one that is critical to growth of the local art market. We anticipate 2021 will be our strongest year yet. We are excited that Moelis Australia has chosen to become our Principal Partner as an important element of its corporate rebranding to MA Financial Group. Together we share our values of integrity and excellence, along with a passion for contemporary art.”

Sydney Contemporary 2021 returns with a refreshed identity and expects to build upon the success of its previous five editions, which have collectively attracted more than 112,000 collectors, curators and art enthusiasts, whilst recording more than AU$80 million in art sales.

Image: Amrita Hepi performance, Jacquie Manning

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April 19, 2021

Sydney Fringe announces Fringe HQ Newtown program

Sydney Fringe has announced the initial program for their new pop-up venue Fringe HQ Newtown featuring eight new works – including 3 world premieres, 3 Sydney premieres and 2 modern Australian classics – by a wide range of acclaimed and emerging Australian artists. Taking over the historic ballroom at 5 Eliza Street, the venue will be activated from April-December 2021, and will play a vital role in the Covid recovery for the independent arts sector.

Sydney Fringe has announced the initial program for their new pop-up venue Fringe HQ Newtown featuring eight new works – including 3 world premieres, 3 Sydney premieres and 2 modern Australian classics – by a wide range of acclaimed and emerging Australian artists. Taking over the historic ballroom at 5 Eliza Street, the venue will be activated from April-December 2021, and will play a vital role in the Covid recovery for the independent arts sector.

The Sydney Fringe has long been championing the need for more affordable, accessible and importantly non-curated performance space in Sydney. The project Fringe HQ was created in 2018 as a way for the organisation, best known as the presenters of the largest independent arts festival in NSW The Sydney Fringe Festival, to work with their Government and provide sector partners to activate underutilised space for performance.

Presented in partnership with the 5 Eliza Trustees, the venue opens at a time when the sector fears losing many of its dedicated independent performance venues due to the impacts endured from the Covid 19 pandemic.

See details for the program HERE.

Image: Trainlord, Global Fringe 2020.

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April 13, 2021

Biennale of Sydney announces 2022 exhibition: rīvus

Today, the first 59 participants in the 23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022) were announced. The title of this major international contemporary art event, which will be open to the public from 12 March to 13 June 2022, is rīvus, meaning ‘stream’ in Latin.

Situated along the waterways of the Gadigal and Burramattagal people, the Biennale of Sydney in 2022 will be articulated through a series of conceptual wetlands and imagined ecosystems populated by artworks, public programs, experiments, research and activisms, following the currents of meandering tributaries that expand into a delta of interrelated ideas.

Today, the first 59 participants in the 23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022) were announced. The title of this major international contemporary art event, which will be open to the public from 12 March to 13 June 2022, is rīvus, meaning ‘stream’ in Latin.

Situated along the waterways of the Gadigal and Burramattagal people, the Biennale of Sydney in 2022 will be articulated through a series of conceptual wetlands and imagined ecosystems populated by artworks, public programs, experiments, research and activisms, following the currents of meandering tributaries that expand into a delta of interrelated ideas.

Those invited to take part in the Biennale will be known as ‘participants’ rather than ‘artists’, reflecting their diverse talents, skills, practices and modes of being that extend beyond the realm of the visual arts. The participants announced today live across six continents and 33 countries such as Cameroon, Cuba, Venezuela, Slovenia, Taiwan, Tonga and the Netherlands.

See the full list and further detail at the Biennale of Sydney website HERE.

Image: Ackroyd & Harvey, The Tree Ceremony, 2015 installed at ArtCOP21 in 2015. Courtesy the artists.

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April 12, 2021

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED FOR PROTOTYPE’S 2021 SEASON

Australian experimental curatorial platform Prototype has announced an additional three artists for Prototype 2021, the platform’s new three-month season featuring 12 new short works – including 11 world premieres – by 13 international and Australian artists, filmmakers and collectives. The new artist works include a series of Instagram filters by digital artist Jess Herrington and short-form documentaries dealing with environmental issues by Robert McDougall and Rachel O’Reilly.

Continuing Prototype’s work redefining the presentation of video art outside the traditional gallery space, this program will see a new short film or moving image released weekly, every Wednesday, from 28 April until 14 July 2021. 

Australian experimental curatorial platform Prototype has announced an additional three artists for Prototype 2021, the platform’s new three-month season featuring 12 new short works – including 11 world premieres – by 13 international and Australian artists, filmmakers and collectives. The new artist works include a series of Instagram filters by digital artist Jess Herrington and short-form documentaries dealing with environmental issues by Robert McDougall and Rachel O’Reilly.

Continuing Prototype’s work redefining the presentation of video art outside the traditional gallery space, this program will see a new short film or moving image released weekly, every Wednesday, from 28 April until 14 July 2021.  Works will be published online and issued direct to Prototype subscribers via a free e-newsletter.

Image: Still from “Rare Earth by Robert McDougall.

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March 29, 2021

Anna Schwartz Gallery to present solo exhibition with new work and an evolving performance installation by Mike Parr

Anna Schwartz Gallery will present an exhibition featuring new work and a four-stage installation by leading Australian artist Mike Parr from 1 May – 31 July 2021.

Parr will transform the Gallery throughout the three-month exhibition over a series of four blind performances, creating new installation work. These performances follow on from Towards an Amazonian Black Square, 2019 which was included in Mike Parr’s solo exhibition The Eternal Opening at Carriageworks and Towards a Black Square, 2019, presented by Detached Cultural Organisation in association with Dark Mofo.

Anna Schwartz Gallery will present an exhibition featuring new work and a four-stage installation by leading Australian artist Mike Parr from 1 May – 31 July 2021.

Parr will transform the Gallery throughout the three-month exhibition over a series of four blind performances, creating new installation work. These performances follow on from Towards an Amazonian Black Square, 2019 which was included in Mike Parr’s solo exhibition The Eternal Opening at Carriageworks and Towards a Black Square, 2019, presented by Detached Cultural Organisation in association with Dark Mofo.

In addition to the blind performances, the exhibition will include video, painting, photography and sculpture. The static works will articulate the separate stages of the exhibition.

Image: Mike Parr, Towards an Amazonian Black Square, 2019, performance, Carriageworks, Sydney. Cinematographer: Gotaro Uematsu.Co-performer: Glenn Thompson. Photo: Mark Pokorny. © Mike Parr. Courtesy the artist & Anna Schwartz Gallery

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March 26, 2021

The National 2021: New Australian Art opens at three of Sydney’s leading cultural institutions

A major survey of contemporary Australian art, The National 2021: New Australian Art, opened today across three of Sydney’s leading cultural institutions, the Art Gallery of New South  Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and Museum of Contemporary  Art Australia (MCA), presenting 39 new commissioned projects by established, mid-career, emerging artists and artist collectives from across the nation.

The third iteration in a series of biennial surveys, originally launched in 2017, The  National 2021 showcases the varied and vital work being made by Australian artists,  in urban and regional centres, as well as remote communities, by artists of different generations and cultural backgrounds. 

A major survey of contemporary Australian art, The National 2021: New Australian Art, opened today across three of Sydney’s leading cultural institutions, the Art Gallery of New South  Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and Museum of Contemporary  Art Australia (MCA), presenting 39 new commissioned projects by established, mid-career, emerging artists and artist collectives from across the nation.

The third iteration in a series of biennial surveys, originally launched in 2017, The  National 2021 showcases the varied and vital work being made by Australian artists,  in urban and regional centres, as well as remote communities, by artists of different generations and cultural backgrounds. With three distinct exhibitions developed by four curators, the 2021 iteration presents new and recent works which embody themes of collaboration and intergenerational learning, and planetary responsibility.

Image: Zan Wimberley

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March 20, 2021

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents the first museum survey of Ukrainian-Australian artist Stanislava Pinchuk

Heide Museum of Modern Art has opened the first career survey of Ukrainian-Australian artist Stanislava Pinchuk from 20 March to 20 June 2021. Presented in Heide Modern, Stanislava Pinchuk: Terra Data will bring together for the first time more than 40 key works from Pinchuk’s practice plotting the changing topographies of war and conflict zones to explore how the landscape holds a memory of past political events.

Born and raised in Ukraine, and now based between Naarm (Melbourne) and Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Stanislava Pinchuk is one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists.

Heide Museum of Modern Art has opened the first career survey of Ukrainian-Australian artist Stanislava Pinchuk from 20 March to 20 June 2021. Presented in Heide Modern, Stanislava Pinchuk: Terra Data will bring together for the first time more than 40 key works from Pinchuk’s practice plotting the changing topographies of war and conflict zones to explore how the landscape holds a memory of past political events.

Born and raised in Ukraine, and now based between Naarm (Melbourne) and Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Stanislava Pinchuk is one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists. Beginning with recording the Ukrainian Civil War, in her home country, she has since made large bodies of architectural survey work centred around the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear exclusion zones, and the Calais ‘Jungle’ Migrant Camp in France.

Image: Clytie Meredith

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March 16, 2021

MAJOR NEW SCULPTURE BY RAMESH MARIO NITHIYENDRAN UNVEILED FOR NEW HOTA GALLERY

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has today unveiled a major new outdoor artwork by Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran at the entrance of the new HOTA Gallery. The $60.5 million HOTA Gallery will open on the Gold Coast on 8 May and will be Australia’s largest public gallery outside a capital city.

Commissioned by Melbourne Art Foundation (MAF) and HOTA, Sri-Lankan born, Sydney based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran has created a monumental six-metre high sculpture presented at the lower ground entrance to the Gallery.

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has today unveiled a major new outdoor artwork by Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran at the entrance of the new HOTA Gallery. The $60.5 million HOTA Gallery will open on the Gold Coast on 8 May and will be Australia’s largest public gallery outside a capital city.

Commissioned by Melbourne Art Foundation (MAF) and HOTA, Sri-Lankan born, Sydney based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran has created a monumental six-metre high sculpture presented at the lower ground entrance to the Gallery. Predominantly composed of bronze, Nithiyendran has combined a range of materials including concrete, neon and fibreglass to create a multi-coloured avatar reflecting the vibrancy of the HOTA Gallery building. Holding a smiling neon companion and standing on a geometric plinth, this is Nithiyendran’s largest sculpture to date and the artist’s first ambitious work in the public domain. This significant artwork will welcome visitors inside the Gallery with outstretched arms and expressive and commanding tones.

Pictured: Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran with his sculpture Double-sided avatar with blue figure, 2021. Photo by Alex Chomicz.

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March 6, 2021

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents first Melbourne survey in over 20 years of eminent Australian artist Robert Owen

The first survey in Melbourne for twenty years of eminent Australian artist Robert Owen will be presented by Heide Museum of Modern Art from 6 March to 23 May 2021. Blue Over Time will explore Owen’s 60-year career, encompassing his work from the 1960s and 1970s living in Greece and London, as well as featuring new and more recent paintings and sculptural installations.

Situated in Heide’s main galleries, the exhibition will present over thirty key works including a new iteration of the large- scale wall work Afterglow, made especially for the Heide space.

The first survey in Melbourne for twenty years of eminent Australian artist Robert Owen will be presented by Heide Museum of Modern Art from 6 March to 23 May 2021. Blue Over Time will explore Owen’s 60-year career, encompassing his work from the 1960s and 1970s living in Greece and London, as well as featuring new and more recent paintings and sculptural installations.

Situated in Heide’s main galleries, the exhibition will present over thirty key works including a new iteration of the large- scale wall work Afterglow, made especially for the Heide space.

Grounded in geometry and abstraction, Owen’s striking works are inspired by his wide-ranging interests—encompassing philosophy and psychology, science and mathematics, music and literature—and reflect his life-long curiosity about the world. Underpinning his practice is a poetic and intuitive exploration of the expressive potential of light, colour and space. Through key works and a rich archival display, the exhibition Blue Over Time presents major themes, such as the intersection of art and science in Owen’s work, and his long engagement with colour as a tool to express the inexpressible.

Image: Clytie Meredith

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March 4, 2021

Articulate to participate in First Sight

Articulate will participate in First Sight, a first of its kind trailblazing mentorship program specifically designed to develop and promote the careers of emerging First Nations photographers.

Developed by Head On Foundation’s artistic director Moshe Rosenzveig OAM in con-sultation with First Nations photographer Michael Jalaru Torres, the program will bring together Indigenous emerging photographers from all around the country, culminating in a final exhibition as part of Head On Photo Festival 2021 in November.

Articulate will participate in First Sight, a first of its kind trailblazing mentorship program specifically designed to develop and promote the careers of emerging First Nations photographers.

Developed by Head On Foundation’s artistic director Moshe Rosenzveig OAM in con-sultation with First Nations photographer Michael Jalaru Torres, the program will bring together Indigenous emerging photographers from all around the country, culminating in a final exhibition as part of Head On Photo Festival 2021 in November. Six participants will be selected to exhibit at the Festival Hub and the work of all participants in the program will also be shown in an onscreen slideshow presentation as part of the Festival.

This collaborative mentorship includes a series of invaluable online sessions with industry-leading speakers and mentors to help take the participants’ photography to the next level.

Image caption: Michael Jalaru Torres, ‘Wirriya (happy)’, 2019. Artist shows with Cooee Art Gallery.

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March 2, 2021

SYDNEY FRINGE ANNOUNCES FRINGE HQ NEWTOWN

The Sydney Fringe has announced a new partnership with 5 Eliza Ltd to enable the launch of their pop-up venue FRINGE HQ Newtown. Taking over the historic ballroom at 5 Eliza Street, the venue will be activated from April-December 2021, and will play a vital role in the Covid recovery for the independent arts sector.

The Sydney Fringe has long been championing the need for more affordable, accessible and importantly non-curated performance space in Sydney.

The Sydney Fringe has announced a new partnership with 5 Eliza Ltd to enable the launch of their pop-up venue FRINGE HQ Newtown. Taking over the historic ballroom at 5 Eliza Street, the venue will be activated from April-December 2021, and will play a vital role in the Covid recovery for the independent arts sector.

The Sydney Fringe has long been championing the need for more affordable, accessible and importantly non-curated performance space in Sydney. The project Fringe HQ was created in 2018 as a way for the organisation, best known as the presenters of the largest independent arts festival in NSW The Sydney Fringe Festival, to work with their Government and provide sector partners to activate underutilised space for performance.

The venue opens at a time when the sector fears losing many of its dedicated independent performance venues due to the impacts endured from the Covid 19 pandemic. This new venue and partnership provides the Sydney Fringe with the opportunity to further their research into viable business models for venue management for the independent sector, building on the valuable work published in 2018 An Anthology of Space: Activating unused and underutilised space for the creative industries and performing arts sectors of NSW.

The Fringe HQ Newtown public program will be announced in the coming weeks.

Image Courtesy Sydney Fringe

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February 25, 2021

PROTOTYPE ANNOUNCES 2021 PROGRAM

Australian experimental curatorial platform Prototype has announced a new three-month season Prototype 2021 featuring nine new short works – including eight world premieres – by 10 international and Australian artists, filmmakers and collectives. Continuing Prototype’s work redefining the presentation of video art outside the traditional gallery space, this program releases a new short film or moving image weekly, every Wednesday, from 28 April until 23 June 2021.  Works will be published online and issued direct to Prototype subscribers via a free e-newsletter.

Australian experimental curatorial platform Prototype has announced a new three-month season Prototype 2021 featuring nine new short works – including eight world premieres – by 10 international and Australian artists, filmmakers and collectives. Continuing Prototype’s work redefining the presentation of video art outside the traditional gallery space, this program releases a new short film or moving image weekly, every Wednesday, from 28 April until 23 June 2021.  Works will be published online and issued direct to Prototype subscribers via a free e-newsletter.

Alongside the core digital presentation, a number of in-person screenings of the newly released works will be presented at Melbourne’s ACMI during the three-month season, including the Prototype 2021 launch event on Tuesday 27 April 2021. This ticketed event features a panel discussion with curator Lauren Carroll Harris and acclaimed Australian filmmaker Samantha Lang, alongside an exclusive in-person premiere screening of Lang’s work Brown Lake and works from Prototype’s archive by UK-based Sam Smith and acclaimed Canberra documentary-maker Robert Nugent.

Image: Pilar Mata Dupont, La Maruja 2021, video still. Courtesy of the artist and Prototype.

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February 12, 2021

CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENTS ‘NO SHOW’

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts, has today unveiled NO SHOW, a three-week presentation of projects by 11 artist-led initiatives from across NSW. Presented with the support of the NSW Government through Create NSW, NO SHOW features the work of more than 50 largely early-career  Australian artists and writers. NO SHOW will take over the Carriageworks Public Space and Bay 19 from 12 February until 7 March 2021 with a constantly evolving display of art installations, screenings, performances and writer residencies.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts, has today unveiled NO SHOW, a three-week presentation of projects by 11 artist-led initiatives from across NSW. Presented with the support of the NSW Government through Create NSW, NO SHOW features the work of more than 50 largely early-career  Australian artists and writers. NO SHOW will take over the Carriageworks Public Space and Bay 19 from 12 February until 7 March 2021 with a constantly evolving display of art installations, screenings, performances and writer residencies.
Developed by Carriageworks curator Aarna Hanley and presented free to the public, NO SHOW highlights the activities of artist-run spaces, cooperatives, digital platforms, online publications and studios in NSW, each presenting an independent program across the three weeks. Based locally, regionally and online, the invited organisations are ANKLES, Boomalli, Firstdraft, KNULP, Our Neon Foe, newly established Pari in Western Sydney, Prototype, digital publications Running Dog and Runway Journal, Studio A, and new regional initiative WAYOUT Artspace.

Image:Left to Right: Mehmet Mevlütoğlu, ‘Area Drip 2 (Safety BB)’, 2021 and Feras Shaheen, ‘Cross Cultures’, 2020 for Pari. Installation view ‘No Show’, 2021, Carriageworks. Photo credit Zan Wimberley

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February 11, 2021

UTS Gallery presents Hayley Millar Baker’s first solo exhibition in Sydney

UTS Gallery will present a survey exhibition of work by celebrated artist Hayley Millar Baker titled There we were all in one place from 13 April – 14 June 2021. The exhibition includes 35 works spanning five photographic series produced between 2016 until 2019 that are being presented together for the first time. Almost exclusively in black and white, the photographs use historical reappropriation and citation, together with intricate digital editing and archival research, to consider human experiences of time, memory and place.

UTS Gallery will present a survey exhibition of work by celebrated artist Hayley Millar Baker titled There we were all in one place from 13 April – 14 June 2021. The exhibition includes 35 works spanning five photographic series produced between 2016 until 2019 that are being presented together for the first time. Almost exclusively in black and white, the photographs use historical reappropriation and citation, together with intricate digital editing and archival research, to consider human experiences of time, memory and place.

Image credit: Hayley Millar Baker, Untitled 8 (I’m the Captain Now), 2016, 20 x 20 cm, inkjet on cotton rag. Courtesy the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery.

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February 9, 2021

POWERHOUSE ANNOUNCES 2021 EXHIBITION PROGRAM

The Powerhouse Museum’s 2021 exhibition program will be presented in the Museum at Ultimo under the direction of Chief Executive Lisa Havilah.

The program includes 12 new exhibitions celebrating the Museum’s world-class collection of more than 500,000 objects, as well as international collaborations, Australian exclusives, new commissions and never before seen objects.

Image: Bayram Ali, Snowy Mountains, Hydro-Electric Scheme, Powerhouse Collection

The Powerhouse Museum’s 2021 exhibition program will be presented in the Museum at Ultimo under the direction of Chief Executive Lisa Havilah.

The program includes 12 new exhibitions celebrating the Museum’s world-class collection of more than 500,000 objects, as well as international collaborations, Australian exclusives, new commissions and never before seen objects.

Image: Bayram Ali, Snowy Mountains, Hydro-Electric Scheme, Powerhouse Collection

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February 1, 2021

Design Canberra announces theme & call out for 2021 Festival

DESIGN Canberra has announced the theme of ‘Transformation’ for its eighth annual festival to be presented from 8 – 28 November 2021. The Festival is now calling out for leading architecture, design and craft initiatives to participate in the three-week Festival that celebrates Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory. Past Festivals have included work by acclaimed international designers such as Kengo Kuma, pictured with his work at the Festival in 2019.

DESIGN Canberra has announced the theme of ‘Transformation’ for its eighth annual festival to be presented from 8 – 28 November 2021. The Festival is now calling out for leading architecture, design and craft initiatives to participate in the three-week Festival that celebrates Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory. Past Festivals have included work by acclaimed international designers such as Kengo Kuma, pictured with his work at the Festival in 2019.

See HERE for more detail and to apply.

Photo by Andrew Sikorski

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January 19, 2021

Anna Schwartz Gallery to present solo exhibition of new work by Shaun Gladwell

Anna Schwartz Gallery will present an exhibition of new works by acclaimed Australian artist Shaun Gladwell from 6 February – 24 April 2021.

Shaun Gladwell’s exhibition Homo Suburbiensis gives equal weight to, and balances, the artist’s practice of painting and moving image. Through formal and conceptual links, most obviously through the image as sequenced in both painted and cinematic form, a dialogue is established between a single channel moving image work, and a series of paintings.

Anna Schwartz Gallery will present an exhibition of new works by acclaimed Australian artist Shaun Gladwell from 6 February – 24 April 2021.

Shaun Gladwell’s exhibition Homo Suburbiensis gives equal weight to, and balances, the artist’s practice of painting and moving image. Through formal and conceptual links, most obviously through the image as sequenced in both painted and cinematic form, a dialogue is established between a single channel moving image work, and a series of paintings.

Image: Shaun Gladwell, Homo Suburbiensis, 2020, (still) High Definition video (4K), colour, sound, 13 minutes 5 seconds, Cinematographer: Skye Davies. © Shaun Gladwell. Courtesy the artist & Anna Schwartz Gallery

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December 17, 2020

INAUGURAL EXHIBITION PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR NEW HOTA GALLERY, AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST PUBLIC GALLERY OUTSIDE A CAPITAL CITY

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has announced its inaugural exhibition program that will be presented in the new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery, opening to the public on 10 April 2021. Spanning six levels, HOTA Gallery is the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia and will present a dynamic program of world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives, and new commissions, celebrating artists from across Australia and the world.

Information on 2021 exhibition program can be found at www.hota.com.au, with further details and programming to be announced in 2021.

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has announced its inaugural exhibition program that will be presented in the new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery, opening to the public on 10 April 2021. Spanning six levels, HOTA Gallery is the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia and will present a dynamic program of world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives, and new commissions, celebrating artists from across Australia and the world.

Information on 2021 exhibition program can be found at www.hota.com.au, with further details and programming to be announced in 2021.

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December 17, 2020

Australian Chamber Orchestra announces return to national performances and groundbreaking new film series as part of 2021 season

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) has announced its 2021 season, an ambitious hybrid of live and digital concerts responding to 2020 and welcoming a new musical era. The bold season features seven live concert programs, opening in New South Wales in February and touring nationally from May 2021, alongside eight 50-minute concert films premiering on a new streaming platform from February 2021.

Image: Stephen Ward

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) has announced its 2021 season, an ambitious hybrid of live and digital concerts responding to 2020 and welcoming a new musical era. The bold season features seven live concert programs, opening in New South Wales in February and touring nationally from May 2021, alongside eight 50-minute concert films premiering on a new streaming platform from February 2021.

Image: Stephen Ward

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December 16, 2020

POWERHOUSE ANNOUNCES ‘CULTURE UP LATE ON THURSDAYS’ IN SUMMER

The Powerhouse Museum has announced a program of free exhibition tours, music performances, DJ sets, film screenings and a Campari bar for the Culture Up Late program, running throughout Summer 2021.

As part of the recently announced ‘Culture Up Late’ initiative by City of Sydney and NSW Government, the Powerhouse will remain open until 9pm every Thursday evening from 21 January – 25 March 2021, with a special ‘after-hours’ Museum experience, including late admission to the exhibitions and live performances across the Ultimo site.

The Powerhouse Museum has announced a program of free exhibition tours, music performances, DJ sets, film screenings and a Campari bar for the Culture Up Late program, running throughout Summer 2021.

As part of the recently announced ‘Culture Up Late’ initiative by City of Sydney and NSW Government, the Powerhouse will remain open until 9pm every Thursday evening from 21 January – 25 March 2021, with a special ‘after-hours’ Museum experience, including late admission to the exhibitions and live performances across the Ultimo site.
Independent broadcaster FBi Radio will bring their innovative programming out of the studio and into the Museum with an evening of new local music, digital projections and performances on 28 January.

The full program more information on Culture Up Late can be viewed HERE

Tickets are free and will be available in January 2021.

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December 15, 2020

Curatorial+Co. presents an immersive exhibition experience with new paintings, videos and music by Daniel O’Toole

Curatorial+Co. will present an exhibition of new works by Melbourne- based multimedia artist Daniel O’Toole from 10 – 20 February 2021. For Deliquescent Light, O’Toole will immerse audiences in a field of colour and sound, with 13 paintings, three video works and a custom created soundtrack informed by synaesthesia to enhance the exhibition and the way the audience experiences colour. One hundred limited edition transparent vinyl records of the soundtrack will be on display and available as part of the exhibition, with a hand painted canvas square unique to each record.

Curatorial+Co. will present an exhibition of new works by Melbourne- based multimedia artist Daniel O’Toole from 10 – 20 February 2021. For Deliquescent Light, O’Toole will immerse audiences in a field of colour and sound, with 13 paintings, three video works and a custom created soundtrack informed by synaesthesia to enhance the exhibition and the way the audience experiences colour. One hundred limited edition transparent vinyl records of the soundtrack will be on display and available as part of the exhibition, with a hand painted canvas square unique to each record.

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December 14, 2020

FIVEX ART PRIZE ANNOUNCES 2020 WINNERS

The Fivex Art Prize: Billboard Art Reimagined, Australia’s first award dedicated to digital billboard art, has announced Melbourne-based artists Catherine Clover and Daniel Kotsimbos as joint winners of the inaugural $30,000 Prize. The winners were announced by Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Sally Capp at a launch event for the Prize’s outdoor exhibition displaying all six finalist works on two prominent billboards opposite Flinders St Railway Station until 31 January 2021.

 
The 2020 Fivex Art Prize attracted over 520 entries from photographers, graphic designers, street artists, illustrators and architects from across Australia, each for two large-scale LED QMS Media billboards – a horizontal corner ‘wrap’ and a vertical ‘podium’ – prominently located at the corner of Flinders and Elizabeth Streets in Melbourne’s CBD.

The Fivex Art Prize: Billboard Art Reimagined, Australia’s first award dedicated to digital billboard art, has announced Melbourne-based artists Catherine Clover and Daniel Kotsimbos as joint winners of the inaugural $30,000 Prize. The winners were announced by Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Sally Capp at a launch event for the Prize’s outdoor exhibition displaying all six finalist works on two prominent billboards opposite Flinders St Railway Station until 31 January 2021.

 
The 2020 Fivex Art Prize attracted over 520 entries from photographers, graphic designers, street artists, illustrators and architects from across Australia, each for two large-scale LED QMS Media billboards – a horizontal corner ‘wrap’ and a vertical ‘podium’ – prominently located at the corner of Flinders and Elizabeth Streets in Melbourne’s CBD. The winning and finalist works will be on view at intervals throughout the day, interspersed with, and surrounded by, commercial advertising content, surprising city-goers to re-engage and experience their built environment differently.

 

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December 7, 2020

HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART ANNOUNCES FULL PROGRAM FOR INAUGURAL HEIDE SUMMER FESTIVAL

Heide Museum of Modern Art is delighted to announce full program details for the inaugural Heide Summer Festival which will activate the museum’s much-loved sculpture park with an outdoor event series designed to support local performing artists, youth bands and cultural festivals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria the nine-week program, presented from mid-January to March 2021, will feature free and ticketed curated programs of music, dance, and storytelling from the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Songlines Music Aboriginal Corporation and Australia’s premier queer arts and cultural organisation Midsumma.

Heide Museum of Modern Art is delighted to announce full program details for the inaugural Heide Summer Festival which will activate the museum’s much-loved sculpture park with an outdoor event series designed to support local performing artists, youth bands and cultural festivals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria the nine-week program, presented from mid-January to March 2021, will feature free and ticketed curated programs of music, dance, and storytelling from the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Songlines Music Aboriginal Corporation and Australia’s premier queer arts and cultural organisation Midsumma.

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November 25, 2020

ARTSPACE WELCOMES NSW GOVERNMENT’S TRANSFORMATION OF THE GUNNERY INTO A STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY

Artspace has welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment of over $5 million that will see The Gunnery in Woolloomooloo – Artspace’s home since 1993 – transformed into a state-of-the-art facility with expanded exhibition spaces, increased artist-in-residence studios and a greater connection to the local neighbourhood and Sydney Harbour Foreshore.

This significant investment in The Gunnery will ensure the legacy of the landmark building as the destination for visual arts in NSW and highlights the important role of the arts in fuelling NSW’s cultural and economic recovery following the impact of COVID-19.

Artspace has welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment of over $5 million that will see The Gunnery in Woolloomooloo – Artspace’s home since 1993 – transformed into a state-of-the-art facility with expanded exhibition spaces, increased artist-in-residence studios and a greater connection to the local neighbourhood and Sydney Harbour Foreshore.

This significant investment in The Gunnery will ensure the legacy of the landmark building as the destination for visual arts in NSW and highlights the important role of the arts in fuelling NSW’s cultural and economic recovery following the impact of COVID-19.

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November 17, 2020

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra announces 2021 NSW Season

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra has announced its 2021 NSW Season, a diverse program of six live concert series, with a further Melbourne season to be announced in January. Celebrating the best of Baroque, the season will present Australian debut performances from international guest artists, an exciting theatrical collaboration with CIRCA Contemporary Circus and Australian premiere arrangements. Alongside the live concert season, for the very first time, each mainstage concert in the 2021 season will be filmed and released as a broadcast quality production on the innovative new digital platform Brandenburg One, bringing the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra to audiences across Australia on demand.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra has announced its 2021 NSW Season, a diverse program of six live concert series, with a further Melbourne season to be announced in January. Celebrating the best of Baroque, the season will present Australian debut performances from international guest artists, an exciting theatrical collaboration with CIRCA Contemporary Circus and Australian premiere arrangements. Alongside the live concert season, for the very first time, each mainstage concert in the 2021 season will be filmed and released as a broadcast quality production on the innovative new digital platform Brandenburg One, bringing the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra to audiences across Australia on demand.

 

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November 12, 2020

CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENTS FIVE WORLD PREMIERES INCLUDING NEW WORK BY AUSTRALIAN ARTIST TINA HAVELOCK STEVENS FOR SYDNEY FESTIVAL

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts centres, will again be a major hub for Sydney Festival in 2021, presenting five world premieres including a new video installation by award-winning Australian artist Tina Havelock Stevens titled THANK YOU FOR HOLDING and launching 6 January. During the three-week festival running from 6 until26 January 2021, Carriageworks will present world premieres by ResidentCompanies Force Majeure, Sydney Chamber Opera as well as the seventh edition of Yellamundie Festival by Mooghalin Performing Arts.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts centres, will again be a major hub for Sydney Festival in 2021, presenting five world premieres including a new video installation by award-winning Australian artist Tina Havelock Stevens titled THANK YOU FOR HOLDING and launching 6 January. During the three-week festival running from 6 until26 January 2021, Carriageworks will present world premieres by ResidentCompanies Force Majeure, Sydney Chamber Opera as well as the seventh edition of Yellamundie Festival by Mooghalin Performing Arts.

Presented free to the public from 6 until 24 January, THANK YOU FOR HOLDING byHavelock Stevens, is a single-channel video work responding to the relentless tides of anxiety produced by the uncertain present. The work sees the artist perform a staunch drumming set from a raised platform which is drawn from pillar to post inside the ground floor of The Clothing Store building at Carriageworks by her co-performer, Ivey Wawn.

Curated by CarriageworksDirector of Programs Daniel Mudie Cunningham and created in August 2020, the improvised, ritualistic and urgent drumming score holds the space but cannot hold time. The two performers – masked but not blind, their vision 20/20– take pause in the holus-bolus of the suspended present.

For more detail and to purchase tickets please visit: carriageworks.com.au

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November 9, 2020

Anna Schwartz Gallery reopens with renovated, first-floor gallery presenting an exhibition of new works by Stephen Bram

Anna Schwartz Gallery will unveil a new first-floor gallery space, Gallery 02, on 18 November to be launched with an exhibition of new works by celebrated Australian artist Stephen Bram. The new gallery space underwent a transformative renovation overseen by the gallery’s original architect Denton Corker Marshall, that reflects the ground floor architecture and creates a cohesive space.

The exhibition of Stephen Bram works will be presented from 18 November until 19 December 2020 in Gallery 02, alongside the recently reopened John Nixon exhibition Groups + Pairs 2016 – 2020 in Gallery 01.  

Anna Schwartz Gallery will unveil a new first-floor gallery space, Gallery 02, on 18 November to be launched with an exhibition of new works by celebrated Australian artist Stephen Bram. The new gallery space underwent a transformative renovation overseen by the gallery’s original architect Denton Corker Marshall, that reflects the ground floor architecture and creates a cohesive space.

The exhibition of Stephen Bram works will be presented from 18 November until 19 December 2020 in Gallery 02, alongside the recently reopened John Nixon exhibition Groups + Pairs 2016 – 2020 in Gallery 01.  Groups + Pairs 2016 – 2020 represents the final exhibition the seminal artist produced in his lifetime. John Nixon passed away earlier this year.

Image: Stephen Bram, Untitled, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 390 cm, Photo: Photographer, © Stephen Bram. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery

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November 5, 2020

Bell Shakespeare announces 2021 season

Bell Shakespeare has announced their 2021 season, which will mark the company’s return to the stage and live performance for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown in March. As Australia’s national touring theatre company and now in its 31st year, Bell Shakespeare will travel across the country with a program including an evening with company Founding Artistic Director John Bell, a remounting of this year’s popular Hamlet production that closed just 1.5 weeks after opening due to lockdown, and a staging of the popular classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Bell Shakespeare has announced their 2021 season, which will mark the company’s return to the stage and live performance for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown in March. As Australia’s national touring theatre company and now in its 31st year, Bell Shakespeare will travel across the country with a program including an evening with company Founding Artistic Director John Bell, a remounting of this year’s popular Hamlet production that closed just 1.5 weeks after opening due to lockdown, and a staging of the popular classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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October 19, 2020

CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENTS SOUTHEAST ABORIGINAL ARTS MARKET ‘ONLINE’

Carriageworks, Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts centre, will present its fourth annual edition of the SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Market over four days from 5pm 26 until 29 November 2020. Curated by respected Arrernte and Kalkadoon curator, writer, advisor and presenter Hetti Perkins and leading Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, SOUTHEAST celebrates the creative diversity of south-east Australian Aboriginal art. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings and border closures, in place of a physical market Carriageworks will present an online retail platform bringing together 26 independent Aboriginal artists and collectives from the south-east including regional and coastal New South Wales, ACT, southern Victoria, the Murray–Darling basin catchment and Tasmania.

Carriageworks, Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts centre, will present its fourth annual edition of the SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Market over four days from 5pm 26 until 29 November 2020. Curated by respected Arrernte and Kalkadoon curator, writer, advisor and presenter Hetti Perkins and leading Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, SOUTHEAST celebrates the creative diversity of south-east Australian Aboriginal art. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings and border closures, in place of a physical market Carriageworks will present an online retail platform bringing together 26 independent Aboriginal artists and collectives from the south-east including regional and coastal New South Wales, ACT, southern Victoria, the Murray–Darling basin catchment and Tasmania.

IMAGE CAPTION: Artwork by Penny Evans, SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Market 2019. Image Jacquie Manning.

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October 7, 2020

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces finalists for the 20th anniversary exhibition

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, has announced 56 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 20th annual Prize and exhibition. The 2020 finalist works, by artists from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Italy, will be presented for the first time in the Woollahra Council’s new purpose-built gallery space, as its inaugural exhibition opening in early 2021.

The 56 finalist artist sculptures – each measuring up to 80cm in any dimension – were selected from a record 844 entries by a judging panel comprised of Director Curatorial and Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Dr Lara Strongman, Art Historian/Curator and Industrial Archaeologist Joanna Capon OAM and celebrated artist and fashion designer Jenny Kee AO.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, has announced 56 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 20th annual Prize and exhibition. The 2020 finalist works, by artists from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Italy, will be presented for the first time in the Woollahra Council’s new purpose-built gallery space, as its inaugural exhibition opening in early 2021.

The 56 finalist artist sculptures – each measuring up to 80cm in any dimension – were selected from a record 844 entries by a judging panel comprised of Director Curatorial and Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Dr Lara Strongman, Art Historian/Curator and Industrial Archaeologist Joanna Capon OAM and celebrated artist and fashion designer Jenny Kee AO.

For more information and work details see: https://sculptureprize.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/

Image: Samantha Mackie, A Reliable Source – Set in Stone #1

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October 1, 2020

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS 2020 LAUNCHES AND ANNOUNCES NEW ARTIST COMMISSIONS

Australasia’s international art fair, Sydney Contemporary launches its new digital initiative Sydney Contemporary presents 2020, showcasing more than 450 new artworks by over 380 leading Australian and international artists. Running until 31 October 2020, the month-long project, designed to support the arts community, takes visitors on a distinctly different, artist-led journey of discovery where the user is encouraged to create a pathway to find the perfect artwork for them, from hundreds of newly created works.

Australasia’s international art fair, Sydney Contemporary launches its new digital initiative Sydney Contemporary presents 2020, showcasing more than 450 new artworks by over 380 leading Australian and international artists. Running until 31 October 2020, the month-long project, designed to support the arts community, takes visitors on a distinctly different, artist-led journey of discovery where the user is encouraged to create a pathway to find the perfect artwork for them, from hundreds of newly created works.

Sydney Contemporary also announced it will present two new artist commissions, supported by Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and created in response to the events of 2020, as part of Sydney Contemporary presents 2020. The commissioned artists are New York based artists duo Jess Johnson and Simon Ward and​, ​in partnership with Performance Space, Sydney-based Koori artist SJ Norman together with New York-based Cherokee writer Joseph M Pierce.

Image: Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Fleshold Crossing 360

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September 29, 2020

DESIGN CANBERRA 2020 ANNOUNCES FULL PROGRAM

DESIGN Canberra has announced details for the 2020 program that will take over the nation’s capital from 9-29 November. The festival celebrates Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory, and this year’s centrepiece is a major site-specific installation by Australian multidisciplinary artist Hannah Quinlivan. Returning for its seventh year, the fast-growing annual three-week festival will present more than 200 events including exhibitions; talks by industry leaders such as acclaimed architect Michael Dysart, leading social commentator and business analyst Bernard Salt and internationally renowned glassmaker Kirstie Rea; tours and unique access to architectural gems including the iconic Shine Dome, a film festival, workshops and the popular program of artist open studios.

DESIGN Canberra has announced details for the 2020 program that will take over the nation’s capital from 9-29 November. The festival celebrates Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory, and this year’s centrepiece is a major site-specific installation by Australian multidisciplinary artist Hannah Quinlivan. Returning for its seventh year, the fast-growing annual three-week festival will present more than 200 events including exhibitions; talks by industry leaders such as acclaimed architect Michael Dysart, leading social commentator and business analyst Bernard Salt and internationally renowned glassmaker Kirstie Rea; tours and unique access to architectural gems including the iconic Shine Dome, a film festival, workshops and the popular program of artist open studios.

For more detail about the 2020 DESIGN Canberra program please see the festival website: https://designcanberrafestival.com.au/

Image: Artist Hannah Quinlivan. Courtesy the artist and DESIGN Canberra.

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September 22, 2020

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra presents live concert season

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will present its special event live concert season Ayres & Graces at City Recital Hall from 27-31 October 2020.  The season of five socially-distanced concerts marks the Orchestra’s first live performances in over six months.

Celebrating chamber music from the English and French Baroque, Ayres & Graces will be directed by Principal Baroque Flute/Recorder Melissa Farrow who leads an ensemble of Brandenburg musicians performing on an eclectic combination of period instruments.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will present its special event live concert season Ayres & Graces at City Recital Hall from 27-31 October 2020.  The season of five socially-distanced concerts marks the Orchestra’s first live performances in over six months.

Celebrating chamber music from the English and French Baroque, Ayres & Graces will be directed by Principal Baroque Flute/Recorder Melissa Farrow who leads an ensemble of Brandenburg musicians performing on an eclectic combination of period instruments. This special event marks the Orchestra’s celebratory return to live performance, City Recital Hall will be transformed into a world of colour and sound, with the Brandenburg musicians for the very first time performing before a stage-wide LED screen illuminated with images from both sides of the English Channel. The stunning imagery curated by Australian designer Silvana Azzi Heras will blend with a musical offering of pastoral folk songs, heavenly trio sonatas and intimate chamber music alongside stately works of grander scale.

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September 16, 2020

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS 2020

Australasia’s international art fair, Sydney Contemporary, will present a new, experiential digital initiative designed to support the arts community and respond to the issues resulting from Covid-19. Running from 1 until 31 October 2020, Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020, is a month-long project inviting viewers to engage with more than 450 new artworks created by over 380 artists during 2020, some of which respond to the events of the year.

Image: Penny Byrne, Love in a Time of Corona, Courtesy Gallerysmith

Australasia’s international art fair, Sydney Contemporary, will present a new, experiential digital initiative designed to support the arts community and respond to the issues resulting from Covid-19. Running from 1 until 31 October 2020, Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020, is a month-long project inviting viewers to engage with more than 450 new artworks created by over 380 artists during 2020, some of which respond to the events of the year.

Image: Penny Byrne, Love in a Time of Corona, Courtesy Gallerysmith

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September 8, 2020

Bell Shakespeare presents series of debates in celebration of 30th Anniversary

Bell Shakespeare will present a series of debates to take place around the country and available virtually to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary year. The Bell Debates will bring together high-profile Australians from a range of industries to debate direct quotes from Shakespeare, addressing and tackling ideas from his plays in the context of our modern world. The first debate on Thursday 24 September will be livestreamed at 7.30pm from Sydney’s Carriageworks via Bell Shakespeare’s website on a ‘pay what you feel’ basis.

Bell Shakespeare will present a series of debates to take place around the country and available virtually to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary year. The Bell Debates will bring together high-profile Australians from a range of industries to debate direct quotes from Shakespeare, addressing and tackling ideas from his plays in the context of our modern world. The first debate on Thursday 24 September will be livestreamed at 7.30pm from Sydney’s Carriageworks via Bell Shakespeare’s website on a ‘pay what you feel’ basis.

With two teams of three debating for and against, the debates will provide a forum to demonstrate the enduring relevance of Shakespeare’s ideas and his unique ability to provoke thought and discussion about the human experience. The first debate will focus on the line “We have seen better days” from As You Like It, a particularly relevant idea to discuss in light of the current situation. Debaters will include team captains Benjamin Law and Jane Caro AM alongside Jess Scully, Jan Fran, Jonathan Biggins and Miriam Corowa. The event will be moderated by Bell Shakespeare Board Member Rebecca Huntley, one of Australia’s foremost social researchers, and hosted by Artistic Director Peter Evans.

Image: Bell Shakespeare’s As You Like It (2015) (c) Rush.

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August 25, 2020

MAJOR PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION INTERCHANGE PAVILION UNVEILED AT SOUTH EVELEIGH

A major new public pavilion and sculptural landmark by Australian artist and architect Chris Fox has been unveiled today in the heart of South Eveleigh’s revitalised Village Square in Sydney.

For Interchange Pavilion, a major new commission by Mirvac and its consortium partners for South Eveleigh, Fox drew inspiration from the precinct’s rail history combining over 250 metres of stainless steel ground rails, 15 tonnes of robotically moulded glass reinforced concrete and 1400 pieces of router cut hardwood.

A major new public pavilion and sculptural landmark by Australian artist and architect Chris Fox has been unveiled today in the heart of South Eveleigh’s revitalised Village Square in Sydney.

For Interchange Pavilion, a major new commission by Mirvac and its consortium partners for South Eveleigh, Fox drew inspiration from the precinct’s rail history combining over 250 metres of stainless steel ground rails, 15 tonnes of robotically moulded glass reinforced concrete and 1400 pieces of router cut hardwood. This unique material palette is supported by a 14 tonne structure made up of over 1650 pieces of digitally fabricated aluminium to create a 350 square-metre public art installation. The project is curated by Carriageworks.

The arcing architectural forms of Interchange Pavilion reference the geometry of a railroad switch; the point at which a train can change its course, moving from one trajectory to another. The pavilion is a meeting place where tracks converge, a place of interchange where paths cross. Peeling from the ground plane, geometries arc overhead to create an embracing volume; a point of confluence.

Image: Josh Raymond

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August 20, 2020

SYDNEY OBSERVATORY APPOINTS KARLIE NOON AS AMBASSADOR AND ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Sydney Observatory has today announced the appointment of Indigenous Astrophysicist Karlie Noon as the first Astronomy Ambassador, and its inaugural residency program for researchers and creatives. Built in 1858, Sydney Observatory is one of the most significant sites in Australia’s scientific history. The heritage listed site is positioned on the highest point of Warrane (Sydney) boasting panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and is considered a site of significance for the Eora nation.

Noon is passionate about Indigenous astronomical knowledge and was the first Indigenous female to obtain a double degree in physics and mathematics.

Sydney Observatory has today announced the appointment of Indigenous Astrophysicist Karlie Noon as the first Astronomy Ambassador, and its inaugural residency program for researchers and creatives. Built in 1858, Sydney Observatory is one of the most significant sites in Australia’s scientific history. The heritage listed site is positioned on the highest point of Warrane (Sydney) boasting panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and is considered a site of significance for the Eora nation.

Noon is passionate about Indigenous astronomical knowledge and was the first Indigenous female to obtain a double degree in physics and mathematics. The multiple award-winner was an ACT Young Australian of the Year 2019 finalist and a Eureka Prize Emerging Leader 2019 finalist.

Noon will work with the Observatory to develop a portfolio of science engagement programs during the six-month period. As part of National Science Week and the Sydney Science Trail, on Saturday 22 August, Noon will present her first program, a livestream exploring the planets, stars and highlights of the Southern Sky live from the Sydney Observatory.

Image: Karlie Noon, Sydney Observatory’s first Astronomy Ambassador. Courtesy University of Newcastle

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August 19, 2020

POWERHOUSE ANNOUNCES NEW EXHIBITIONS: DESIGN FOR LIFE AND HYBRID

The Powerhouse today announced two new exhibitions launching September 2020; Design for Life, which explores the role of design in medicine and Hybrid an exhibition investigating the future home.

Opening on 12 September, Hybrid aims to interrogate the contemporary urban condition and explore the role of the home in 2030. The Powerhouse, in collaboration with Creative Director and writer Stephen Todd, has commissioned nine design studios to work with researchers and practitioners from alternative industries to create a series of furniture and objects exploring the rapidly changing global landscape and the most pressing issues of our time.

The Powerhouse today announced two new exhibitions launching September 2020; Design for Life, which explores the role of design in medicine and Hybrid an exhibition investigating the future home.

Opening on 12 September, Hybrid aims to interrogate the contemporary urban condition and explore the role of the home in 2030. The Powerhouse, in collaboration with Creative Director and writer Stephen Todd, has commissioned nine design studios to work with researchers and practitioners from alternative industries to create a series of furniture and objects exploring the rapidly changing global landscape and the most pressing issues of our time. The selected designers, including Amsterdam based Rive Roshan and acclaimed Australian designers Adam Goodrum, Trent Jansen and Elliat Rich, have responded to issues such as the global pandemic, air quality, bush fires, rising temperatures and wellbeing to premiere new objects ranging from a contemporary home shrine, a space to refocus and de-stress, a responsive light source that brings the experiences of nature into the home, a table and stool from recycled plastic to artefacts developed from the objects left behind by loved ones.

Design for Life explores the central role of design in the health and medical sector and celebrates the intersection between science and design, showcasing design innovation in the creation of medical equipment, devices and tools that save and improve the quality of human life. Drawing on the Museum’s rich collection of medical and scientific material from the late 1800s to present day, the exhibition will bring together over 200 objects from the collection with the latest in medical and scientific product design.

Image: Half-piece reusable respirator. Made by 3M Australia, 1997-2000. Photographed by Ryan Hernandez, MAAS.

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August 18, 2020

Vale John Nixon | Anna Schwartz Gallery remembers Australian artist John Nixon and extends Groups & Pairs exhibition until end of 2020

Anna Schwartz Gallery will honour the life and work of Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist and seminal figure in contemporary Australian abstraction, John Nixon (b 1949), who has passed away following a year-long illness. In memoriam of the artist, Anna Schwartz, founder of Anna Schwartz Gallery, who has held a valued, close friendship with the artist throughout his career, has announced she will extend the institutional-scale solo exhibition currently installed at the Gallery until the end of 2020.

Anna Schwartz Gallery will honour the life and work of Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist and seminal figure in contemporary Australian abstraction, John Nixon (b 1949), who has passed away following a year-long illness. In memoriam of the artist, Anna Schwartz, founder of Anna Schwartz Gallery, who has held a valued, close friendship with the artist throughout his career, has announced she will extend the institutional-scale solo exhibition currently installed at the Gallery until the end of 2020.

“John has been a fundamental artist and source of inspiration for me in the gallery; a friend for 35 years whose support and enthusiasm have been generously given to all who he has worked with. As I assured him on the last day of his life, his work will endure and I am privileged to be part of making it so. John’s beautiful exhibition Groups + Pairs 2016-2020 will remain in the main gallery until the end of this year as a tribute, a memoriam and a great experience for all who visit”, said Anna Schwartz.

The exhibition Groups + Pairs 2016 – 2020, will remain on view at Anna Schwartz Gallery until the end of this year. The exhibition features 116 new and existing works and is a dedication to this leading Australian artist who is known for his elegant experiments in non-objective painting.

Image: Groups + Pairs 2016 – 2020, 2020, Installation view, Anna Schwartz Gallery

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August 14, 2020

Curatorial+ Co. launch a new gallery space in Redfern, Sydney

Online gallery and art consultancy Curatorial+Co. has opened a new physical gallery space in Redfern, Sydney. The new warehouse-style gallery will showcase accessible, one-of-a-kind and limited edition works by established and emerging artists and designers from around the world.
Founded in 2015, Curatorial+Co. seeks to break down the traditional stereotypes of the white cube gallery by presenting a vibrant mix of work by contemporary artists alongside contemporary design objects in a warm environment that welcomes both emerging and established collectors. 

Online gallery and art consultancy Curatorial+Co. has opened a new physical gallery space in Redfern, Sydney. The new warehouse-style gallery will showcase accessible, one-of-a-kind and limited edition works by established and emerging artists and designers from around the world.
Founded in 2015, Curatorial+Co. seeks to break down the traditional stereotypes of the white cube gallery by presenting a vibrant mix of work by contemporary artists alongside contemporary design objects in a warm environment that welcomes both emerging and established collectors.  The gallery will be a meeting place to connect collectors with the artists and designers themselves.

Image: Installation view for the inaugural exhibition Here With Me, Anne Graham

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August 7, 2020

Carriageworks reopens to the public

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre, has reopened to the public. Visitors now have free access to a range of visual art installations by leading Australian and international artists, including eight new commissions as part of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, a major exhibition by Giselle Stanborough and public artwork by Reko Rennie.

The weekly Carriageworks Farmers Market has also returned, providing the freshest seasonal produce from the best growers and producers from around NSW.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre, has reopened to the public. Visitors now have free access to a range of visual art installations by leading Australian and international artists, including eight new commissions as part of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, a major exhibition by Giselle Stanborough and public artwork by Reko Rennie.

The weekly Carriageworks Farmers Market has also returned, providing the freshest seasonal produce from the best growers and producers from around NSW. Strict health and safety measures will be in place at the Carriageworks Farmers Market and they will continue to operate as a strict shop-and-go service for the community.

Image: Giselle Stanborough, Cinopticon, 2020, Carriageworks. Photo credit Mark Pokorny.

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July 24, 2020

HOTA, HOME OF THE ARTS, ANNOUNCES 20 ARTISTS SELECTED FOR EXHIBITION IN NEW GALLERY OPENING 2021

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast has commissioned 20 Australian artists to present new work as part of the inaugural exhibition program for its new Gallery opening in April 2021. Both established and emerging artists have been selected who have strong connections to the Gold Coast and will be commissioned to create new works that reflect the diversity of the region. The project marks the largest presentation of new works by Gold Coast artists undertaken by HOTA.

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast has commissioned 20 Australian artists to present new work as part of the inaugural exhibition program for its new Gallery opening in April 2021. Both established and emerging artists have been selected who have strong connections to the Gold Coast and will be commissioned to create new works that reflect the diversity of the region. The project marks the largest presentation of new works by Gold Coast artists undertaken by HOTA. Artists including Hiromi Tango, Michael Candy, Samuel Leighton-Dore and Libby Harwood will create artwork for the $60.5million new HOTA Gallery including sculpture, weaving, textiles, ceramics, performance, painting, photography, video, and installation works.

Image: Hiromi Tango Photography by Greg Piper

 

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July 24, 2020

AUSTRALIA’S LEADING GLASS ARTISTS SHINE ON WORLD STAGE AT VENICE GLASS WEEK

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and acclaimed Italian design consulting studio Mr.Lawrence, together with 1+1 Design Gallery, Milan, will present the collective exhibition GLASS UTOPIA as part of the international Venice Glass Week from 3 until 26 September 2020.

A signature exhibition for DESIGN Canberra Festival 2019, the GLASS UTOPIA was curated by Mr.Lawrence co-founders Annalisa Rosso and Francesco Mainardi for Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and presents a selection of 24 contemporary pieces by 12 leading Italian and Australian designers.

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and acclaimed Italian design consulting studio Mr.Lawrence, together with 1+1 Design Gallery, Milan, will present the collective exhibition GLASS UTOPIA as part of the international Venice Glass Week from 3 until 26 September 2020.

A signature exhibition for DESIGN Canberra Festival 2019, the GLASS UTOPIA was curated by Mr.Lawrence co-founders Annalisa Rosso and Francesco Mainardi for Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and presents a selection of 24 contemporary pieces by 12 leading Italian and Australian designers. As a realized utopia, GLASS UTOPIA tells of the new glass Renaissance that blossoms today both locally and internationally, demonstrating how the power of beauty is stronger than ever, and that creativity has no borders.

The exhibition features six Italian designers – in collaboration with many furnaces and companies from the heartland of glass Murano – and six Australian designers including Elizabeth Kelly, Federico Peri, Gala Fernandez, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Liam Fleming, Matteo Zorzenoni, Mel Douglas, Peter Bowles, Stories of Italy, Tom Skeehan, Federica Biasi, Zanellato/Bortotto.

Image: Installation view Glass Utopia, Canberra. Photo credit Anthony Basheer

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July 23, 2020

Powerhouse unveils major new exhibition Maton: Australia’s Guitar

The Powerhouse today unveiled Maton: Australia’s Guitar, the largest retrospective of Australia’s leading guitar manufacturer Maton.

Melbourne-born jazz musician, woodwork teacher and luthier Bill May founded Maton in 1946 and became a pioneer of Australian guitar manufacturing. Starting in a small workshop in May’s garage, Maton became a success against the odds, and has since created over 200 guitar models. The manufacturer has gained recognition across Australia and the world for creating instruments of the highest quality.

The Powerhouse today unveiled Maton: Australia’s Guitar, the largest retrospective of Australia’s leading guitar manufacturer Maton.

Melbourne-born jazz musician, woodwork teacher and luthier Bill May founded Maton in 1946 and became a pioneer of Australian guitar manufacturing. Starting in a small workshop in May’s garage, Maton became a success against the odds, and has since created over 200 guitar models. The manufacturer has gained recognition across Australia and the world for creating instruments of the highest quality.

Australian musicians who play Maton guitars include ARIA award-winning artists Archie Roach AM and Tommy Emmanuel AM, New Zealand-Australian singer-songwriter Keith Urban AO, Australian singer-songwriter Gordi (Sophie Payten), Australian Rock Legend Tex Perkins, former frontman of Men at Work Colin Hay and jazz guitarist George Golla, and Australia’s rock pioneers The Easybeats. International performers have included Elvis Presley, Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones), Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and the Beatles’ George Harrison, Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day) and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age).

Photo credit: Zan Wimberley

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June 10, 2020

Internationally renowned glass maker, Kirstie Rea announced as the 2020 DESIGN Canberra festival designer-in-residence

Internationally celebrated Canberra-based glass maker Kirstie Rea has been announced as the 2020 DESIGN Canberra designer-in-residence. Rea was commissioned to create a new work that responds to the festival’s 2020 theme of care. The glass sculpture will be exhibited during the annual three-week event, presented across the nation’s capital from 9 until 29 November, celebrating Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory.

Composed of her signature glass blankets, balanced in a threshold, Rea’s new work, With care, is a work relevant to this time.

Internationally celebrated Canberra-based glass maker Kirstie Rea has been announced as the 2020 DESIGN Canberra designer-in-residence. Rea was commissioned to create a new work that responds to the festival’s 2020 theme of care. The glass sculpture will be exhibited during the annual three-week event, presented across the nation’s capital from 9 until 29 November, celebrating Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory.

Composed of her signature glass blankets, balanced in a threshold, Rea’s new work, With care, is a work relevant to this time. Kirstie Rea explained, “The form of the blanket is used as a generic symbol for comfort and care, but the glass ‘blanket’ has an obvious fragility attached to it. The doorway structure represents the inside and outside and the comings and goings of our lives over the threshold. The stack of ‘blankets’ symbolising care whether coming or going.”

“Glass, the material at the heart and core of my studio practice calls for care. Care not only in handling the material but embedded in an understanding of the material, the glass processes attached to explorations and to mastering the skills needed to work with it. The care we embed within the making reflects the care that those who taught us put into the sharing and passing on of skills, processes and knowledge and love for materials and making” said Rea.

Image: KirstieRea, With care, 2020. Image LeanTimms

 

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June 1, 2020

Australian Chamber Orchestra celebrates Richard Tognetti’s 30th year as Artistic Director with free digital season

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) has announced a new digital season commemorating 30 years of fearless artistic leadership from Richard Tognetti. Launching on Monday 15 June, the season will showcase Tognetti’s enduring legacy as a renowned performer, composer, director and as a creative force for the internationally celebrated Orchestra over the last 30 years. Programmed across the Orchestra’s website and social platforms, the week-long digital offering will include premiere performances, re-broadcasts of the Orchestra’s most cherished concerts, new music, guest artists and artist interviews.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) has announced a new digital season commemorating 30 years of fearless artistic leadership from Richard Tognetti. Launching on Monday 15 June, the season will showcase Tognetti’s enduring legacy as a renowned performer, composer, director and as a creative force for the internationally celebrated Orchestra over the last 30 years. Programmed across the Orchestra’s website and social platforms, the week-long digital offering will include premiere performances, re-broadcasts of the Orchestra’s most cherished concerts, new music, guest artists and artist interviews. On World Music Day (Sunday 21 June), the ACO will conclude the week of celebrations with the online premiere of their breathtaking performance of the cinematic collaboration with BAFTA-nominated Sherpa Director Jennifer Peedom, Mountain, which premiered at the Sydney Opera House in 2017.

ABC Classic has partnered with the ACO and will also celebrate the 30th anniversary with a program of live performances, artist interviews, archival footage and curated playlists, programmed to take place across it’s radio, online and social platforms throughout the week. As part of the celebration week, Richard Tognetti and the Orchestra will perform live in the ABC Classic studio on Thursday 18 June at 1pm, for the first live classical broadcast at the ABC since lockdown began earlier this year.

Image: December 1991 recording Goossens Hall

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June 1, 2020

ANNA SCHWARTZ GALLERY PRESENTS DANIEL VON STURMER AT MELBOURNE ART FAIR ONLINE SHOWROOM

Anna Schwartz Gallery will present Daniel von Sturmer’s ongoing series Electric Light (facts/figures…) as part of Melbourne Art Fair’s free Virtual Art Fair taking place from 1-7 June 2020 in partnership with Ocula. The online viewing room can be accessed at https://ocula.com/art-fairs/ maf-viewing-rooms/viewing- rooms/anna-schwartz/

As part of the public program, Anna Schwartz Gallery Director Tania Doropoulos will participate in a live discussion, conducted online on 4 June 2020, that explores the topic of An artworld in crisis: overcoming the impact of COVID-19. 

Anna Schwartz Gallery will present Daniel von Sturmer’s ongoing series Electric Light (facts/figures…) as part of Melbourne Art Fair’s free Virtual Art Fair taking place from 1-7 June 2020 in partnership with Ocula. The online viewing room can be accessed at https://ocula.com/art-fairs/ maf-viewing-rooms/viewing- rooms/anna-schwartz/

As part of the public program, Anna Schwartz Gallery Director Tania Doropoulos will participate in a live discussion, conducted online on 4 June 2020, that explores the topic of An artworld in crisis: overcoming the impact of COVID-19. The panel discussion will be moderated by VAULT Magazine Editor Alison Kublerand includes Gagosian Gallery New York Director Louise Neri and Mark Hughes, Director Mark Hughes Advisory.

VIRTUAL DISCUSSION DETAILS: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1715904807551/WN_D9pzdv0KR56d5PzfTunW9w

 

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May 25, 2020

SYDNEY FRINGE GOES GLOBAL

Sydney Fringe has announced that Sydney Fringe Festival 2020 will not take place as planned in light of ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions. Kerri Glasscock, Sydney Fringe Festival CEO said: “We are devastated not to be presenting our annual festival but the uncertainty and risk no longer make it viable for us to proceed this year. Instead of this year’s festival, Fringe will undertake a number of new, innovative projects designed to lead the independent sector through the vital recovery process following the pandemic.”

One new project will see Fringe partner with five international Fringe Festivals to present an online Global Fringe event to be streamed live during September 2020.

Sydney Fringe has announced that Sydney Fringe Festival 2020 will not take place as planned in light of ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions. Kerri Glasscock, Sydney Fringe Festival CEO said: “We are devastated not to be presenting our annual festival but the uncertainty and risk no longer make it viable for us to proceed this year. Instead of this year’s festival, Fringe will undertake a number of new, innovative projects designed to lead the independent sector through the vital recovery process following the pandemic.”

One new project will see Fringe partner with five international Fringe Festivals to present an online Global Fringe event to be streamed live during September 2020. Working together with Stockholm Fringe, Brighton Fringe, New Zealand Fringe, San Diego Fringe and Hollywood Fringe, Sydney Fringe will present new and recent work through a new digital platform. This digital platform will premier four Sydney produced events and eight international events as part of Global Fringe, with each production to be professionally recorded and streamed to audiences globally.

Image: Courtesy of Sydney Fringe

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May 19, 2020

HOTA, HOME OF THE ARTS ANNOUNCES COMMISSIONING OPPORTUNITY FOR 20 ARTISTS TO BE PRESENTED IN MAJOR EXHIBITION IN NEW GALLERY OPENING 2021

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has announced it will commission up to 20 Australian artists to create a suite of new work for a major exhibition to be presented in its new Gallery opening in 2021. Australian artists who can demonstrate a significant link to the Gold Coast region, are invited to submit ideas for indoor and outdoor works, ranging from medium to large-scale installations, video projections, free-standing sculptures and performance, to all types of outdoor art that can be executed well in the environment.

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has announced it will commission up to 20 Australian artists to create a suite of new work for a major exhibition to be presented in its new Gallery opening in 2021. Australian artists who can demonstrate a significant link to the Gold Coast region, are invited to submit ideas for indoor and outdoor works, ranging from medium to large-scale installations, video projections, free-standing sculptures and performance, to all types of outdoor art that can be executed well in the environment.

As well as receiving an artist fee for their participation in the exhibition, successful applicants will have the support from the HOTA Gallery Curatorial and Exhibitions teams to develop, prepare, and install their work. Applications open on Tuesday 19 May and can be submitted online at hota.com.au/opencall. The deadline for applications is Friday 19 June.

The new AUD$60.5 million HOTA Gallery is currently under construction within HOTA precinct on the Gold Coast in Queensland and once completed will be the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia. HOTA Gallery will become the permanent home for the $32 million City Collection, whilst presenting international exhibitions exclusive to Australia alongside an ongoing commitment to present the work of local artists.

Image: Artist impression of HOTA Gallery

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May 14, 2020

Craft ACT launch two new online exhibitions celebrating the power of collaboration and exchange during uncertain times

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, one of Australia’s longest running visual arts membership associations, will present two new exhibitions online from 15 May to 27 June featuring emerging and mid-career artists from Canberra, the NSW South Coast and Adelaide who have openly exchanged knowledge of their respective materials and explored how these materials connect us as humans.

Craft ACT CEO and Artistic Director Rachael Coghlan said, “Craft ACT is delighted to present the work of four talented women artists who demonstrate the great advantage we have when we work together.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, one of Australia’s longest running visual arts membership associations, will present two new exhibitions online from 15 May to 27 June featuring emerging and mid-career artists from Canberra, the NSW South Coast and Adelaide who have openly exchanged knowledge of their respective materials and explored how these materials connect us as humans.

Craft ACT CEO and Artistic Director Rachael Coghlan said, “Craft ACT is delighted to present the work of four talented women artists who demonstrate the great advantage we have when we work together. These new exhibitions celebrate the long tradition of collaboration, mentorship and exchange within the craft community; traditions that will serve designers and makers well as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis.”

Transference is a collaborative exhibition by ceramic and glass artist Robyn Campbell (ACT) and ceramicist Jo Victoria (NSW) that expresses their shared fascination with light and surface, and the potential of glass and porcelain to convey fragility and transience. By exchanging deep knowledge of their respective materials, through a supportive process of learning, teaching, experimentation and play, the artists have developed a new body of work in which the intangible elements of light, shadow and reflection are significant, changing the pieces as natural light and perspectives shift.

A Common Thread by emerging makers Sam Gold (SA) and Harriet McKay (ACT) is a multidisciplinary collaboration encompassing textile painting, ceramic sculpture and installation. Concerned with the concept of connection – connection to a material and in turn the way this connects us as humans – this exhibition seeks to explore how time and space inform the artist’s behaviour with material, and lament on the almost ritualistic process of repetitious acts during the creation process.

IMAGE: Sam Gold, Stillness Votive Vessels, 2020. Photo Sam Roberts

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May 13, 2020

ARTSPACE ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS COMMISSIONED TO CREATE WORK FOR NEW ONLINE SERIES, 52 ACTIONS

Artspace has announced the first wave of Australian artists, creatives and collectives set to participate in their new 52 ACTIONS series, launching on 18 May 2020.
The selected Australian artists and creatives will receive $1000 for the development and presentation of new work and will see the creation of 52 artworks including live performances, photography, video, sound and text-based work, interventions and digital public programs. Each week for a year, a different creative will present a new commission shared globally across Artspace’s digital platforms.  

Artspace has announced the first wave of Australian artists, creatives and collectives set to participate in their new 52 ACTIONS series, launching on 18 May 2020.
The selected Australian artists and creatives will receive $1000 for the development and presentation of new work and will see the creation of 52 artworks including live performances, photography, video, sound and text-based work, interventions and digital public programs. Each week for a year, a different creative will present a new commission shared globally across Artspace’s digital platforms.  The first selected practitioners include: Abdul Abdullah, Brook Andrew, Bankstown Poetry Slam, Archie Barry, Johnathon World Peace Bush (Jilamara Arts), Rainbow Chan, Erin Coates, Ruha Fifita, Henri Papin (Meijers & Walsh), Hayley Millar-Baker, Jason Phu, Stelarc, Tyza Stewart, Shahmen Suku | Radha, James Tylor and Kaylene Whiskey.

The project expands upon 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS, Artspace’s year-long Instagram project that ran from 2018–19, inviting 52 artists and collectives across Asia to respond to important concerns in their local contexts. Utilising the digital framework established by 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS, this new iteration centres around the social and cultural importance of artistic practice and art as action in times of uncertainty and transformation.

IMAGE: Stelarc, Reclining StickMan, 2020, installation view, Monster Theatres: 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia. Photo: Saul Steed

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May 4, 2020

HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDIO OPENWORK REVEAL DESIGNS FOR NEW HEALING GARDEN

Heide Museum of Modern Art and leading landscape architecture studio Openwork today revealed design details for the new Healing Garden. Inspired by Heide founder Sunday Reed’s profound love for her garden, the Healing Garden draws on the curative properties of plants and the ever-growing body of knowledge that positions gardens as a powerful tool for connecting communities, reducing social isolation and providing positive, life-affirming experiences.

Slated to open in late 2020, the Garden has been designed to facilitate healing and restoration for vulnerable communities and will now be a vital space for the broader community in the wake of COVID-19. 

Heide Museum of Modern Art and leading landscape architecture studio Openwork today revealed design details for the new Healing Garden. Inspired by Heide founder Sunday Reed’s profound love for her garden, the Healing Garden draws on the curative properties of plants and the ever-growing body of knowledge that positions gardens as a powerful tool for connecting communities, reducing social isolation and providing positive, life-affirming experiences.

Slated to open in late 2020, the Garden has been designed to facilitate healing and restoration for vulnerable communities and will now be a vital space for the broader community in the wake of COVID-19.  Circular in design, the garden draws on the concept of proxemics which considers the boundary between personal and public space and the amount of space that people feel it necessary to set between themselves and others.

The new Healing Garden is situated between Sunday Reed’s original heritage-listed kitchen garden and the brick wall of the Heide cottage, which is the most wheelchair-accessible garden on site. Incorporating six distinct clusters of different planting styles that each facilitate a variety of sensory activities, the design is sensitive to Sunday Reed’s original paths and trees. Throughout these clusters will be a series of nooks that have developed existing spaces into social areas, including seating made from leftover limestone from Heide Modern.

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April 6, 2020

Biennale of Sydney to become virtual biennale

The Biennale of Sydney announced initial details of how it is taking the 22nd edition, titled NIRIN, online through a series of activations and experiences. Its online programming is linked to the seven themes that inspire the exhibition will be held daily over 10 weeks on the Biennale of Sydney’s website and social channels. Every Tuesday, teachers, students and families across the globe will be able to access a range of learning material about NIRIN – from environmental studies to Indigenous histories and cultures – through to interactive resources, podcasts, artist interviews, videos and tutorials.

The Biennale of Sydney announced initial details of how it is taking the 22nd edition, titled NIRIN, online through a series of activations and experiences. Its online programming is linked to the seven themes that inspire the exhibition will be held daily over 10 weeks on the Biennale of Sydney’s website and social channels. Every Tuesday, teachers, students and families across the globe will be able to access a range of learning material about NIRIN – from environmental studies to Indigenous histories and cultures – through to interactive resources, podcasts, artist interviews, videos and tutorials. Further details about how audiences can experience the 700 artworks featured in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney through Google’s Arts & Culture platform will be announced in the coming weeks. This platform will bring artworks from all six exhibition partners online for audiences to experience in compelling new ways including 360-degree tours, video walkthroughs and curated content.

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March 23, 2020

SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL 2020 FORGES AHEAD AS PLATFORM FOR RECOVERY FOR THE ARTS, IN THE WAKE OF COVID-19

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, announced that the 2020 Festival will go ahead, playing a crucial role in creating income-generating opportunities for Sydney’s creative sectors in the wake of COVID-19.

Fringe CEO and Creative Director Kerri Glasscock said, “The creative sector has registered a loss of more than $200 million in income since Friday 13 March due to the cancellation of events and presently Sydney’s artists, technicians and venue staff are looking to suffer a terrible six months between now and September, with their work opportunities screeching to a halt.

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, announced that the 2020 Festival will go ahead, playing a crucial role in creating income-generating opportunities for Sydney’s creative sectors in the wake of COVID-19.

Fringe CEO and Creative Director Kerri Glasscock said, “The creative sector has registered a loss of more than $200 million in income since Friday 13 March due to the cancellation of events and presently Sydney’s artists, technicians and venue staff are looking to suffer a terrible six months between now and September, with their work opportunities screeching to a halt. Sydney Fringe is committed to being here for them, creating income-generating opportunities once Spring is here. There’s no question, come September, this stimulus and celebration of culture is exactly what Sydney will need. There are so many reasons that our show must go on!”

The positive economic impact of Sydney Fringe 2019 was to inject $11,939,441 into the Sydney economy, with $660,000 crucially going to artists during the month of Fringe. 2019 saw Sydneysiders attend 498 Fringe events across 25 postcodes, with all of the flow-on effects to small business. With an enormous amount of culture happening in small to medium venues right across the city and greater Sydney, Fringe stages events that are perfectly sized for the people of Sydney to safely venture out to reclaim their city.

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March 18, 2020

HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL GOES DIGITAL FOR 2020 IN LIGHT OF COVID-19

Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual international photography event, has today announced that it will go ahead as a predominantly online event from 1-17 May, accompanied by a diverse program of webinars and events. Recipients of the Head On Photo Awards, including categories for Portrait, Landscape and Student, will be announced on 1 May as planned. Head On plans to stage a scaled-back physical festival in November 2020.

Head On Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig OAM said: “The Head On Photo Festival team have been regularly checking updates regarding the coronavirus pandemic and we are making plans to best protect the public, our artists, volunteers and staff.

Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual international photography event, has today announced that it will go ahead as a predominantly online event from 1-17 May, accompanied by a diverse program of webinars and events. Recipients of the Head On Photo Awards, including categories for Portrait, Landscape and Student, will be announced on 1 May as planned. Head On plans to stage a scaled-back physical festival in November 2020.

Head On Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig OAM said: “The Head On Photo Festival team have been regularly checking updates regarding the coronavirus pandemic and we are making plans to best protect the public, our artists, volunteers and staff. We recognise the extraordinary effort photographers have put into delivering Award submissions and preparing exhibitions over recent months and plan to honour and celebrate this by working to create an online Head On Photo Festival.

This online version of the Festival will be held as scheduled from 1-17 May and will be accompanied by an exciting program of online seminars and events throughout the Festival period. We will then work to present a scaled-back physical festival later in the year. At a time when many people will be in isolation, this digital platform will provide our audiences around the world with a variety of interesting artworks, images and activities to engage and interact with.”

Image: Lisa Tomasetti. Courtesy Head On Photo Festival

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March 17, 2020

DESIGN CANBERRA 2020 TO EXPLORE THE THEME OF ‘CARE’

DESIGN Canberra 2020 is calling for leading architecture, design and craft initiatives to be part of the annual three-week festival, that takes over the nation’s capital from 9 until 29 November, celebrating Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory.

Now in its seventh year, the fast-growing festival – which attracted a record 114,770 people in 2019 – showcases the city’s thriving design community and in 2020 will present more than 200 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artists’ studios and open homes.

DESIGN Canberra 2020 is calling for leading architecture, design and craft initiatives to be part of the annual three-week festival, that takes over the nation’s capital from 9 until 29 November, celebrating Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory.

Now in its seventh year, the fast-growing festival – which attracted a record 114,770 people in 2019 – showcases the city’s thriving design community and in 2020 will present more than 200 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artists’ studios and open homes.

With humanity facing unprecedented challenges including climate change and a global health pandemic, DESIGN Canberra’s 2020 theme of ‘Care’ is intensely relevant.

“In 2020, the value of care is more important than ever: for our community, for our environment, for architecture and for our world. The festival will become a collaborative forum for contemporary, experimental and authentic design to celebrate and explore the ways that care and caring is valuable and vital,” explained CEO of Craft ACT: Craft & Design, and Artistic Director of DESIGN Canberra, Rachael Coghlan.

For the craft and design sector, care underpins a designer’s or maker’s commitments: to forge new relationships to materials; to invest time in developing techniques and skill, and to honour design’s tradition of exchange, mentoring and collaboration.

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February 20, 2020

ABORIGINAL ARTIST JONATHAN JONES’ NEW INSTALLATION AT HYDE PARK BARRACKS UNVEILED

On Thursday 20 February, Wiradjuri /Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones’ new public artwork was unveiled to media ahead of the public opening on Thursday 20 February. Speakers included the Hon. Don Harwin, Minister for the Arts & Aboriginal Affairs, Adam Lindsay, Executive Director, Sydney Living Museums, Clover Moore, Sydney Lord Mayor, and artist Jonathan Jones.

Covering 2500 square metres of Hyde Park Barracks courtyard, Jones’ art installation untitled (maraong manaóuwi) is comprised of 65 tonnes of red and white stones from Wiradjuri Country in NSW (Cowra & Griffith) and took ten days to install. 

On Thursday 20 February, Wiradjuri /Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones’ new public artwork was unveiled to media ahead of the public opening on Thursday 20 February. Speakers included the Hon. Don Harwin, Minister for the Arts & Aboriginal Affairs, Adam Lindsay, Executive Director, Sydney Living Museums, Clover Moore, Sydney Lord Mayor, and artist Jonathan Jones.

Covering 2500 square metres of Hyde Park Barracks courtyard, Jones’ art installation untitled (maraong manaóuwi) is comprised of 65 tonnes of red and white stones from Wiradjuri Country in NSW (Cowra & Griffith) and took ten days to install. The artwork juxtaposes two remarkably similar symbols, the maraong manaóuwi – meaning emu footprint in Gadigal language – and the English broad arrow – evoking colonial military power – to re-contextualise the vastly different stories and experiences of the same historical period.

Image: Jonathan Jones,, untitled (maraong manaouwi), Presented by City of Sydney and Sydney Living Museums. Image: Pedro Greig

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February 13, 2020

Heide Museum of Modern Art to celebrate pioneering Australian artist Joy Hester and the centenary of her birth with major exhibition

From 21 March – 14 June 2020, Heide Museum of Modern Art will celebrate the centenary of Australian modernist artist Joy Hester (1920-1960) with a major survey of her distinctive oeuvre. Joy Hester: Remember Me is the first solo exhibition of Hester’s art in almost twenty years and brings together more than 130 significant works from public and private collections, including seldom-seen impromptu studies that shed light on Hester’s unique style and creative process.

Acknowledged today as one of Australia’s most original and compelling artists of her generation, Joy Hester worked almost exclusively in brush and ink, focusing on the expressive potential of the figure and face as metaphors for the human condition.

From 21 March – 14 June 2020, Heide Museum of Modern Art will celebrate the centenary of Australian modernist artist Joy Hester (1920-1960) with a major survey of her distinctive oeuvre. Joy Hester: Remember Me is the first solo exhibition of Hester’s art in almost twenty years and brings together more than 130 significant works from public and private collections, including seldom-seen impromptu studies that shed light on Hester’s unique style and creative process.

Acknowledged today as one of Australia’s most original and compelling artists of her generation, Joy Hester worked almost exclusively in brush and ink, focusing on the expressive potential of the figure and face as metaphors for the human condition. Unconventional and courageous, she freed herself from orthodox methods and brought a powerful female sensibility to subjects considered provocative during her life time such as love, sex, birth, and death.

This long-overdue survey traces Hester’s artistic trajectory from early naturalistic student drawings to her psychological portraits, her powerful responses to the oppressive climate of war, and later investigations into human intimacy and the theme of childhood. Joy Hester: Remember Me includes a number of Hester’s defining series—the Incredible Night Dreams, Faces, Lovers, and Girls—and reveals her experimentation with remarkably diverse stylistic modes as she found her own voice, using drawing as a vehicle to represent life in all its complexity.

Image: Joy Hester, Untitled (From the Love series) 1949

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February 3, 2020

SYDNEY CHAMBER OPERA AND CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENT BREAKING GLASS

Carriageworks and Sydney Chamber Opera (SCO) will present Breaking Glass, four world premiere operatic works by Australian female composers: Peggy Polias, Josephine Macken, Georgia Scott and Bree van Reyk. In partnership with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Composing Women Program these new one-act operas will premiere at Carriageworks on 28 March until 4 April. The season is directed by Clemence Williams and SCO Artistic Associate Danielle Maas, two women determined to expand the possibility for operatic storytelling.

Carriageworks and Sydney Chamber Opera (SCO) will present Breaking Glass, four world premiere operatic works by Australian female composers: Peggy Polias, Josephine Macken, Georgia Scott and Bree van Reyk. In partnership with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Composing Women Program these new one-act operas will premiere at Carriageworks on 28 March until 4 April. The season is directed by Clemence Williams and SCO Artistic Associate Danielle Maas, two women determined to expand the possibility for operatic storytelling.

Image: Sydney Chamber Opera, Breaking Glass, Carriageworks 2020. Image Samuel Hodge

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February 3, 2020

22nd Biennale of Sydney reveals program highlights for NIRIN 2020

The Biennale of Sydney has revealed details of the program for its 22nd edition, titled NIRIN. Under the artistic direction of acclaimed Indigenous Australian artist, Brook Andrew, NIRIN, is an artist- and First Nations-led endeavour, presenting an expansive exhibition of contemporary art and events that connect local communities and global networks.

Meaning edge, NIRIN is a word of Brook’s mother’s Nation, the Wiradjuri people of western New South Wales.

NIRIN is a world of endless interconnected centres; a space to gather and to share, to rejoice, disrupt, and re-imagine.

The Biennale of Sydney has revealed details of the program for its 22nd edition, titled NIRIN. Under the artistic direction of acclaimed Indigenous Australian artist, Brook Andrew, NIRIN, is an artist- and First Nations-led endeavour, presenting an expansive exhibition of contemporary art and events that connect local communities and global networks.

Meaning edge, NIRIN is a word of Brook’s mother’s Nation, the Wiradjuri people of western New South Wales.

NIRIN is a world of endless interconnected centres; a space to gather and to share, to rejoice, disrupt, and re-imagine. Through their own interpretations and experiences, more than 100 artists from around the world will be inspired by, and reflect on, the world today, challenging dominant narratives and proposing exciting new futurisms and paths to healing.

The exhibition is open free to the public from 14 March until 8 June 2020 at six sites in Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the National Art School.

For all of the 87 days of the exhibition, these projects and ideas will also be activated and explored through an interconnected program of free and ticketed events called NIRIN WIR spanning from the Blue Mountains to La Perouse. NIRIN, meaning edge, and WIR, meaning sky, is a series of activations and creative partnerships with communities, arts organisations and tertiary institutions such as the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory, Parramatta Female Factory and Sydney University.

To find out more and to book for the NIRIN WIR program visit: www.biennaleofsydney.art

Image: Aziz Hazara, Bow Echo, 2019 (video still), 5-channel digital video, colour, sound, 4:17 mins. Produced by the Han Nefkens Foundation

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January 29, 2020

Breaking Ground Ceremony for new environmentally prepared art gallery at Boyd’s Riversdale property

A revitalising smoking ceremony marked the turning of the first sod of construction to realise Bundanon Trust’s Masterplan to safely house and display its collection and expand its education and tourism offerings. The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Commonwealth Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and The Arts, the Hon Don Harwin MLC, the NSW Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts, together with Bundanon’s Chair Jennifer Bott AO and CEO Deborah Ely AM celebrated the event at Bundanon’s Riversdale Boyd Education Centre.

A revitalising smoking ceremony marked the turning of the first sod of construction to realise Bundanon Trust’s Masterplan to safely house and display its collection and expand its education and tourism offerings. The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Commonwealth Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and The Arts, the Hon Don Harwin MLC, the NSW Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts, together with Bundanon’s Chair Jennifer Bott AO and CEO Deborah Ely AM celebrated the event at Bundanon’s Riversdale Boyd Education Centre.

At the heart of the Trust’s Masterplan, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and NSW Governments is the building of an environmentally prepared gallery-of-the-future and safe storage facility, designed to display and house the Bundanon Trust’s $43 million art collection.

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January 28, 2020

Anna Schwartz Gallery announces an exhibition of new work by Mikala Dwyer

Taking its title from the old English word for geometry ‘eorõcræft’, Earthcraft 2020 is an exhibition of new work by Melbourne artist Mikala Dwyer. In Earthcraft 2020 the numerous objects and diversions elicit bodily responses to form and space. Incorporating readymades and industrial materials with the handmade and organic, each individual piece functions in the gallery as part of a larger narrative. Dwyer trusts in intuition and the personal ability to build associations and affinities.

Taking its title from the old English word for geometry ‘eorõcræft’, Earthcraft 2020 is an exhibition of new work by Melbourne artist Mikala Dwyer. In Earthcraft 2020 the numerous objects and diversions elicit bodily responses to form and space. Incorporating readymades and industrial materials with the handmade and organic, each individual piece functions in the gallery as part of a larger narrative. Dwyer trusts in intuition and the personal ability to build associations and affinities. Through a synthesis of geometric forms, materials and symbols, Earthcraft 2020 remains deliberately elusive, suggesting a story rooted in both reality and fiction.

Earthcraft 2020 will be presented at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne from 8 February to 14 March 2020.

 

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January 23, 2020

Political artist Badiucao presents world premiere of Made in Hong Kong, Banned in China at urban art festival Can’t Do Tomorrow

Australia’s largest showcase of urban and street art, Can’t Do Tomorrow, has revealed further programming for its inaugural festival this February (20-29). For 10 days, over 100 street artists, musicians and collectives will transcend on Melbourne’s iconic multi-level warehouse, The Facility, transforming it from top to bottom in an epic celebration of the best in urban art and contemporary culture. Transcending the traditional art fair model, visitors will also be able to purchase original artworks directly from artists, as well as limited edition prints available from a custom-built print store.

Australia’s largest showcase of urban and street art, Can’t Do Tomorrow, has revealed further programming for its inaugural festival this February (20-29). For 10 days, over 100 street artists, musicians and collectives will transcend on Melbourne’s iconic multi-level warehouse, The Facility, transforming it from top to bottom in an epic celebration of the best in urban art and contemporary culture. Transcending the traditional art fair model, visitors will also be able to purchase original artworks directly from artists, as well as limited edition prints available from a custom-built print store.

Chinese-Australian political artist and cartoonist Badiucao will present the world premiere of his never-before-seen exhibition Made in Hong Kong, Banned in China – previously titled Gongle – following its cancellation in Hong Kong in 2018. Badiucao is one of the most popular and prominent political artists in China, creating work that confronts a variety of social and political issues, which has been used by organisations such as Amnesty International and Freedom House. He originally kept his identity a secret at the start of his career, acquiring the nickname “China’s Banksy”.

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January 21, 2020

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents new sculptural installations by celebrated Australian artist Carolyn Eskdale

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents Memory Horizon, an exhibition of new work by Australian artist Carolyn Eskdale, from 15 February to 14 June 2020. Featuring a series of room-scale site-specific sculptures, the exhibition responds to the unique modernist architecture of Heide Modern and animates the former residence as its own cast object.

Carolyn Eskdale’s installations in domestic and public spaces trace the way we physically and psychically inhabit the world, creating a dialogue between the body’s sense and the mind’s view.

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents Memory Horizon, an exhibition of new work by Australian artist Carolyn Eskdale, from 15 February to 14 June 2020. Featuring a series of room-scale site-specific sculptures, the exhibition responds to the unique modernist architecture of Heide Modern and animates the former residence as its own cast object.

Carolyn Eskdale’s installations in domestic and public spaces trace the way we physically and psychically inhabit the world, creating a dialogue between the body’s sense and the mind’s view. For Memory Horizon she worked in Heide Modern in solitude for several months making ephemeral structures from cardboard in each of the rooms and developing a sculptural language of motifs and forms specific to the building’s character and history. The exhibition presents photographs of these temporary in-situ works in conversation with new sculptures and insertions that activate or obscure access to the spaces within the building, altering visitors’ experiences of them. In layering past procedures and present conditions, Eskdale explores the interstices between private and public life and the overlap between the studio and the gallery.

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January 13, 2020

Fivex Art Prize announces 2020 judging panel and call for entries extension

The Fivex Art Prize, Australia’s first award dedicated to digital billboard art, has announced the 2020 judging panel along with an extension to the call for entries to 11pm on 16 February 2020 (AEDT).

Conceived and funded by the Fivex Foundation, the Fivex Art Prize: Billboard Art Reimagined, is a significant new art award that promotes new forms of bold, memorable street art for today’s digital age. The Prize is open to Australian applicants from a range of creative disciplines, including photographers, graphic designers, street and tattoo artists, illustrators and architects.

The Fivex Art Prize, Australia’s first award dedicated to digital billboard art, has announced the 2020 judging panel along with an extension to the call for entries to 11pm on 16 February 2020 (AEDT).

Conceived and funded by the Fivex Foundation, the Fivex Art Prize: Billboard Art Reimagined, is a significant new art award that promotes new forms of bold, memorable street art for today’s digital age. The Prize is open to Australian applicants from a range of creative disciplines, including photographers, graphic designers, street and tattoo artists, illustrators and architects.

The winner of the Grand Prize will take home $30,000 and have their work displayed on two large-scale LED QMS Media billboards – a horizontal corner ‘wrap’ and a vertical ‘podium’ – prominently located at the corner of Flinders and Elizabeth Streets in Melbourne’s CBD, opposite Flinders Street Station. The work will be screened among regular programmed advertising and also in designated showcase slots as a form of public art intervention from 30 March – 3 May 2020. In addition to the Grand Prize, up to five finalists will receive $1000 each and also have their work exhibited on the billboards.

Judging the award for its inaugural year are distinguished figures from the fields of art, media and advertising:

●      Jane Devery, Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria

●      Liss Fenwick, Public Art Project Lead, Melbourne City Council

●      Gary Deirmendjian, Artist

●      Barclay Nettlefold, Group CEO, QMS Media

●      Alessio Cavallaro, Creative Producer, Fivex Art Prize, and media art curator

For further information about the prize and how to enter: https://www.fivexartprize.com.au/enter

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January 10, 2020

CITY OF SYDNEY & SYDNEY LIVING MUSEUMS ANNOUNCE MAJOR NEW PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION BY JONATHAN JONES

City of Sydney and Sydney Living Museums has announced plans to present a major new public art installation by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, spread across 2,500 square metres around Hyde Park Barracks courtyard, early next year.

Presented from 21 February until 15 March 2020 as part of the City of Sydney’s year-round Art & About program, Jones’ thought-provoking and site-specific artwork untitled (maraong manaóuwi) uses two remarkably similar symbols – the maraong manaóuwi (the Gadigal term for ‘emu footprint’) and the English broad arrow insignia (representing British colonialism) – to illustrate the vastly different stories and experiences of the same historical period.

City of Sydney and Sydney Living Museums has announced plans to present a major new public art installation by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, spread across 2,500 square metres around Hyde Park Barracks courtyard, early next year.

Presented from 21 February until 15 March 2020 as part of the City of Sydney’s year-round Art & About program, Jones’ thought-provoking and site-specific artwork untitled (maraong manaóuwi) uses two remarkably similar symbols – the maraong manaóuwi (the Gadigal term for ‘emu footprint’) and the English broad arrow insignia (representing British colonialism) – to illustrate the vastly different stories and experiences of the same historical period.

The major installation will comprise more than 2,000 maraong manaóuwi/broad arrow designs created out of red and white gravel sourced from Wiradjuri Country and laid across the entirety of Hyde Park Barracks’ courtyard.

Image: James Horan

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January 6, 2020

CARRIAGEWORKS UNVEILS LARGE-SCALE ARTWORKS BY LEADING AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS

Carriageworks have unveiled major new artworks commissioned from leading Australian contemporary artists. In 2020 the Redfern multi-arts precinct will house immersive and participatory large-scale art installations by Rebecca Baumann, Daniel Boyd, Kate Mitchell, open from 8 January, and by Reko Rennie, whose illuminated text work REMEMBER ME will launch in late January. These installations will be presented free to the public, opening as part of the Sydney Festival and continuing throughout the year.

Carriageworks Head Curator Visual Arts Beatrice Gralton said, ‘Carriageworks is a site imbued with history, yet each of these projects are firmly anchored in the present day.

Carriageworks have unveiled major new artworks commissioned from leading Australian contemporary artists. In 2020 the Redfern multi-arts precinct will house immersive and participatory large-scale art installations by Rebecca Baumann, Daniel Boyd, Kate Mitchell, open from 8 January, and by Reko Rennie, whose illuminated text work REMEMBER ME will launch in late January. These installations will be presented free to the public, opening as part of the Sydney Festival and continuing throughout the year.

Carriageworks Head Curator Visual Arts Beatrice Gralton said, ‘Carriageworks is a site imbued with history, yet each of these projects are firmly anchored in the present day. They reflect the capacity for artists to navigate a cultural compass that embraces paradox and shapes beauty in a troubled world. While each installation varies across subject and form, all use light and explore time. The artists employ light in different states across Carriageworks– natural, projected, photographic and LED. While both the concept and experience of time is used to examine solar movement, deep space, census data and perceptions of history.’

KEY DATES AND DETAILS:

REBECCA BAUMANN: RADIANT FLUX / 8 January – 14 June 2020

DANIEL BOYD: VIDEO WORKS / 8 January – 1 March 2020

KATE MITCHELL: ALL AURAS TOUCH / 8 January – 1 March 2020

REKO RENNIE: REMEMBER ME / January 2020 – January 2021

 

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December 16, 2019

Melbourne Design Week 2020 keynotes and exhibitions announced

In 2020, Australia’s leading annual international design event, Melbourne Design Week, presents its largest program to date, with more than 300 events over 11 days. Programmed around the theme ‘How Can Design Shape Life?’, the festival comprises 85 exhibitions, 94 talks, 15 films, 22 tours and 16 workshops celebrating the best of local, national and international design. The expanding, state-wide festival is an initiative of the Victorian Government presented by Creative Victoria and the National Gallery of Victoria.

In 2020, Australia’s leading annual international design event, Melbourne Design Week, presents its largest program to date, with more than 300 events over 11 days. Programmed around the theme ‘How Can Design Shape Life?’, the festival comprises 85 exhibitions, 94 talks, 15 films, 22 tours and 16 workshops celebrating the best of local, national and international design. The expanding, state-wide festival is an initiative of the Victorian Government presented by Creative Victoria and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Keynotes will be presented by internationally-renowned architect Francis Kéré; design polymath and host of the podcast Design Matters, Debbie Millman; Fairphone founder Bas van Abel and award-winning Australian architecture studio NMBW.

Comedian and design nerd Tim Ross premieres his new live show Designing a Legacy that takes audiences on an architectural adventure into some of Australia’s most significant modernist houses.

Amsterdam-based artists, filmmakers, and designers Metahaven will present a keynote lecture at the NGV on 12 March. Metahaven Field Report is their first solo exhibition in Australia and is Presented by RMIT Design Hub Gallery and Melbourne Design Week / Melbourne Art Book Fair.

Tolarno Galleries, premieres A&A: Exquisite Corpse/Cadavre Exquis, a collaboration between designer Adam Goodrum and straw marquetry artisan Arthur Seigneur from 12–22 March. Sophie Gannon Gallery presents Designwork 04, a solo exhibition of new works by Melbourne based designer Danielle Brustman encompassing interior, furniture, lighting and object design from 12–22 March. Gallery Sally Dan–Cuthbert travels from Sydney to exhibit Partu (Skin), the latest collaboration between remote cattle-station saddler Johnny Nargoodah and conceptual object designer Trent Jansen at Arc One, Flinders Lane from 12–21 March.
Full program to be released in February 2020

www.designweek.melbourne

Image Caption: Metahaven, Eurasia (Questions on Happiness), 2018.

 

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December 12, 2019

ACCA, CARRIAGEWORKS AND MONA ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF NEW WORK BY THREE WOMEN ARTISTS, MADE POSSIBLE BY THE KATTHY CAVALIERE FELLOWSHIP

In an unprecedented collaboration, ACCA, Carriageworks and Mona will present concurrent exhibitions of new work by three women artists: Frances Barrett (ACCA), Giselle Stanborough (Carriageworks) and Sally Rees (Mona), from March 2020.

Announced in October 2018, Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship awarded $100,000 to each of the three artists to create new work. Made possible by the estate of the late, Italian-born Australian artist, Katthy Cavaliere (1972-2012), each artist’s ambitious new project is focused at the intersection of installation and performance art practice.

In an unprecedented collaboration, ACCA, Carriageworks and Mona will present concurrent exhibitions of new work by three women artists: Frances Barrett (ACCA), Giselle Stanborough (Carriageworks) and Sally Rees (Mona), from March 2020.

Announced in October 2018, Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship awarded $100,000 to each of the three artists to create new work. Made possible by the estate of the late, Italian-born Australian artist, Katthy Cavaliere (1972-2012), each artist’s ambitious new project is focused at the intersection of installation and performance art practice.

At Carriageworks, Giselle Stanborough’s Cinopticon will contemporise philosopher Michel Foucault’s theory of the ‘panopticon’: instead of the few watching the many, today we watch each other and the few. In Cinopticon, Stanborough will examine web-based narcissism, corporate surveillance and the opacity of social media algorithms to explore how these coalesce to lead us through problematic terrain. Stanborough will work with her own personal online archive to create an immersive performance installation where audiences will see their reflection in unpredictable ways.

At ACCA, Frances Barrett will extend the parameters of the Fellowship’s solo commission to present new sonic compositions and live performances by multiple artists. Drawing on her background in performance, curating and collaborative models of making, Barrett will create a major sound installation in collaboration with Hayley Forward and Brian Fuata. It will be presented alongside specially-commissioned sound compositions by artists Nina Buchanan, Del Lumanta and Sione Teumohenga, whose works collectively address concepts including community building, healing and new environmental consciousness.

At Mona, Tasmanian artist Sally Rees will exhibit a new body of work centred around the ‘crone’. Adopting this folkloric archetype, Rees will challenge the perceived invisibility of ageing women in contemporary society, seeking to redefine the female elder as a powerful and transgressive figure.

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December 4, 2019

HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART REVEALS 2020 PROGRAM

Heide Museum of Modern Art is proud to announce highlights from its 2020 program, including Australia’s first in-depth exhibition of celebrated modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth, a major survey of renowned Australian artist Joy Hester’s haunting works on paper, and plans for a Healing Garden.

Next year’s program builds on the museum’s longstanding commitment to support and present the work of women artists with a significant retrospective of Australian sculptor Margel Hinder, the Australian premiere of award-winning Polish artist Agnieszka Polska, and solo exhibitions by contemporary artists Carolyn Eskdale and Stanislava Pinchuk (aka Miso).

Heide Museum of Modern Art is proud to announce highlights from its 2020 program, including Australia’s first in-depth exhibition of celebrated modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth, a major survey of renowned Australian artist Joy Hester’s haunting works on paper, and plans for a Healing Garden.

Next year’s program builds on the museum’s longstanding commitment to support and present the work of women artists with a significant retrospective of Australian sculptor Margel Hinder, the Australian premiere of award-winning Polish artist Agnieszka Polska, and solo exhibitions by contemporary artists Carolyn Eskdale and Stanislava Pinchuk (aka Miso). Heide will also stage the first museum survey of eminent Australian artist Robert Owen in Melbourne.

Image: Barbara Hepworth, Eidos 1947

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November 28, 2019

FIRST MAJOR INSTALLATIONS AND PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED FOR NEW URBAN ART FESTIVAL, CAN’T DO TOMORROW

Australia’s new festival of urban art reveals the first line up of artists, major installations and programming set to take over The Facility, Kensington in Melbourne for ten days this summer. From 20-29 February 2020, Can’t Do Tomorrow will transform Melbourne’s iconic underground warehouse into an outlandish Eden celebrating the best in urban art and contemporary culture. Over 100 street artists, galleries, musicians and collectives will revolutionize the multi-level venue, from top to bottom, presenting site-specific works across every surface ranging from paintings, murals, photography, sculptures and illustrations, to projections and epic installations.

Australia’s new festival of urban art reveals the first line up of artists, major installations and programming set to take over The Facility, Kensington in Melbourne for ten days this summer. From 20-29 February 2020, Can’t Do Tomorrow will transform Melbourne’s iconic underground warehouse into an outlandish Eden celebrating the best in urban art and contemporary culture. Over 100 street artists, galleries, musicians and collectives will revolutionize the multi-level venue, from top to bottom, presenting site-specific works across every surface ranging from paintings, murals, photography, sculptures and illustrations, to projections and epic installations. The largest showcase of street and urban art in Australia, visitors will also be able to purchase original artworks presented directly from artists and galleries, as well as limited edition prints available from a custom-built print store.

A selection of the biggest names in the underground urban arts scene will transform the space with awe-inspiring installations and site-specific murals.

See the line up here: cantdotomorrow.com

Image credit: Ruskidd

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November 21, 2019

Finkelstein gallery, Australia’s female-artist gallery, announces seven exhibitions and talk series for 2020

Australia’s first commercial art gallery dedicated to women artists launched in August 2019 attracting global attention. Founded by respected art consultant and advocate Lisa Fehily, Finkelstein Gallery aims to address under-representation and establish parity for female artists. In 2020 the gallery will present solo exhibitions from some of Australia’s most exciting emerging and established female artists: Kate Baker, Jacqui Stockdale, Deborah Kelly, Cigdem Aydemir, Lisa Roet and Monika Behrens. The gallery will also present a compelling program of talks and engagements to be presented free to the public, and will conclude the year with a curated group exhibition.

Australia’s first commercial art gallery dedicated to women artists launched in August 2019 attracting global attention. Founded by respected art consultant and advocate Lisa Fehily, Finkelstein Gallery aims to address under-representation and establish parity for female artists. In 2020 the gallery will present solo exhibitions from some of Australia’s most exciting emerging and established female artists: Kate Baker, Jacqui Stockdale, Deborah Kelly, Cigdem Aydemir, Lisa Roet and Monika Behrens. The gallery will also present a compelling program of talks and engagements to be presented free to the public, and will conclude the year with a curated group exhibition.

Fehily describes how in 2020 Finkelstein Gallery will focus on nurturing the careers and promoting the works of its nine Australian women artists and two international artists, “We are thrilled to present this series of exhibitions including  new work from Cigdem Aydemir and Monika Behrens, Kate Baker’sincredible glass installation presented in concert with her new video work,  the unveiling of Lisa Roet’s investigations into simian behaviour – a result of her project with Jane Goodall – and comprehensive surveys of Jacqui Stockdale and Deborah Kelly’s practices.

The gallery will also present a critical program of talks to encourage a wide audience to engage with the work and concepts presented by these multifaceted artists. I’m excited to announce that on 7 March, on the eve of International Women’s Day, we will present a panel discussion at M Pavilion, where we will also announce a curated program of talks and events for 2020.”

Image: Kate Baker, Pulse, 2019, installation still. Courtesy artist and Finkelstein Gallery

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November 14, 2019

Kaldor Public Art Projects offers limited edition Christo artwork

In a once in 50 years opportunity, Kaldor Public Art Projects is offering audiences the opportunity to own an original Christo print. In a rare return to a past project, Christo has created a stunning limited edition lithograph depicting Wrapped Coast in honour of the work’s 50th anniversary. Christo has generously donated the limited edition series to assist in funding future projects. This is a rare opportunity to own a work by one of the world’s most significant living artists and commemorate an iconic moment in Sydney’s history.

In a once in 50 years opportunity, Kaldor Public Art Projects is offering audiences the opportunity to own an original Christo print. In a rare return to a past project, Christo has created a stunning limited edition lithograph depicting Wrapped Coast in honour of the work’s 50th anniversary. Christo has generously donated the limited edition series to assist in funding future projects. This is a rare opportunity to own a work by one of the world’s most significant living artists and commemorate an iconic moment in Sydney’s history. In an original interpretation of the wrapped coastline, Christo’s notes and sketches are beautifully translated in a colour-lithograph measuring 54cm x 33cm. Each work is individually numbered and signed by the artist, with prints running to a strictly limited edition of 100.

Priced at $2,750 (GST inclusive), the work is a third of the cost of a typical print edition by Christo. To take advantage of this rare opportunity or to view the work on request please email: info@kaldorartprojects. org.au

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November 14, 2019

TRIBE Studio transforms a brick bungalow into a modern courtyard home for flexible living

Award-winning architects TRIBE Studio this month unveil their latest residential project, a brick bungalow in a conservation area in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The Queens Park House is a masterful alteration and addition to an existing Californian Bungalow that plays with perceptions of scale and respects neighbourhood character.

The original single-storey 1940s house was no masterpiece yet had a latent charm and a substantial rear garden typical of the area. The quality of the well-built original house and its period detailing inspired TRIBE to honour and refresh it, reinterpreting and repeating key elements such as the distinctive roof gables.

Award-winning architects TRIBE Studio this month unveil their latest residential project, a brick bungalow in a conservation area in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The Queens Park House is a masterful alteration and addition to an existing Californian Bungalow that plays with perceptions of scale and respects neighbourhood character.

The original single-storey 1940s house was no masterpiece yet had a latent charm and a substantial rear garden typical of the area. The quality of the well-built original house and its period detailing inspired TRIBE to honour and refresh it, reinterpreting and repeating key elements such as the distinctive roof gables.

Image: TRIBE Studio’s Queens Park House Interior, 2019 Photographer: Katherine Lu

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October 29, 2019

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents an immersive exhibition that transforms the iconic modernist building Heide II

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents En Route, an immersive exhibition by artists Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler from 9 November 2019 to 2 February 2020. Marking their first public museum presentation, these large-scale installations create an experiential journey within the iconic modernist building Heide II and encourages viewers to consider what the relationship between human activity and the environment might hold.

South Korean-born artist Wona Bae and Australian artist Charlie Lawler, founders of the acclaimed Loose Leaf Studio, are known for their concept-driven artworks that challenge conventional ideas about the landscape and navigate visceral and symbiotic connections between people and nature.

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents En Route, an immersive exhibition by artists Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler from 9 November 2019 to 2 February 2020. Marking their first public museum presentation, these large-scale installations create an experiential journey within the iconic modernist building Heide II and encourages viewers to consider what the relationship between human activity and the environment might hold.

South Korean-born artist Wona Bae and Australian artist Charlie Lawler, founders of the acclaimed Loose Leaf Studio, are known for their concept-driven artworks that challenge conventional ideas about the landscape and navigate visceral and symbiotic connections between people and nature.

For En Route the artists respond spatially and temporally to Heide II’s spaces through a series of site-specific sculptures. Bae and Lawler have experimented with botanical material using a language of texture and reduction — deconstructing familiar forms and devising new landscapes to be considered and explored.

Image: Installation view, En Route: Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler 2019, courtesy of the artists, photograph: Sean Fennessy

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October 21, 2019

RoslynOxley9 Gallery presents solo exhibition of new work by Scottish contemporary artist and DJ Jim Lambie

This November, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents Wild Is The Wind, a new exhibition of work by Scottish contemporary artist and DJ Jim Lambie. Marking Lambie’s second solo exhibition at the gallery and presented for the first time in Australia, Wild Is The Wind will feature a new seven-screen video installation, and recontextualised sunglasses and doors as vibrant wall sculptures.

The artist takes humble materials and transforms them into bright and joyful work; with this exhibition including sunglass lenses, doors, clothing, jars, vinyl records and film, rendered them into surprising art works that pulse with the musical energy Lambie imbues in everything he makes.

This November, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents Wild Is The Wind, a new exhibition of work by Scottish contemporary artist and DJ Jim Lambie. Marking Lambie’s second solo exhibition at the gallery and presented for the first time in Australia, Wild Is The Wind will feature a new seven-screen video installation, and recontextualised sunglasses and doors as vibrant wall sculptures.

The artist takes humble materials and transforms them into bright and joyful work; with this exhibition including sunglass lenses, doors, clothing, jars, vinyl records and film, rendered them into surprising art works that pulse with the musical energy Lambie imbues in everything he makes.

Wild Is The Wind will be presented at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery from 1-23 November 2019.

IMAGE: Jim Lambie, Sun Rise (Meadow Lark), 2018

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October 18, 2019

Tarnanthi launches at Art Gallery of South Australia

Australia’s biggest festival of modern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Tarnanthi, has launched at the Art Gallery of South Australia. In addition to Tarnanthi’s main exhibition at AGSW, smaller exhibitions are presented at 30 partner venues across Adelaide, including a commercial art fair featuring work from 50 Indigenous art centres. Tarnanthi means to come forth or appear in the language of the Kaurna people, the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains.

Image: Ngupulya Pumani, Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara people, South Australia, Antara, 2018, Mimili, South Australia

Australia’s biggest festival of modern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Tarnanthi, has launched at the Art Gallery of South Australia. In addition to Tarnanthi’s main exhibition at AGSW, smaller exhibitions are presented at 30 partner venues across Adelaide, including a commercial art fair featuring work from 50 Indigenous art centres. Tarnanthi means to come forth or appear in the language of the Kaurna people, the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains.

Image: Ngupulya Pumani, Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara people, South Australia, Antara, 2018, Mimili, South Australia

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October 14, 2019

Carriageworks announced major art installations by Rebecca Baumann, Daniel Boyd, Kate Mitchell and Reko Rennie

FOUR SITE-SPECIFIC ART INSTALLATIONS TO BE UNVEILED IN SUMMER 2020

Carriageworks will present four large-scale art installations by leading Australian contemporary artists that will be unveiled on 8 January, 2020 as part of Sydney Festival. Rebecca Baumann, Daniel Boyd, Kate Mitchell and Reko Rennie have been commissioned by Carriageworks to create immersive and participatory artworks at the Redfern-based multi-arts institution that will be accompanied by a public program of talks and workshops.

While each presentation stands as a solo entity, they individually address a number of broad thematic ideas which include the concept of time, the use of light as a medium, the contrast of monumentality versus immateriality, and our basic interconnectivity as humans, collectively, the site specificity of the installations will engage audiences with the unique history and architecture of the Carriageworks precinct.

FOUR SITE-SPECIFIC ART INSTALLATIONS TO BE UNVEILED IN SUMMER 2020

Carriageworks will present four large-scale art installations by leading Australian contemporary artists that will be unveiled on 8 January, 2020 as part of Sydney Festival. Rebecca Baumann, Daniel Boyd, Kate Mitchell and Reko Rennie have been commissioned by Carriageworks to create immersive and participatory artworks at the Redfern-based multi-arts institution that will be accompanied by a public program of talks and workshops.

While each presentation stands as a solo entity, they individually address a number of broad thematic ideas which include the concept of time, the use of light as a medium, the contrast of monumentality versus immateriality, and our basic interconnectivity as humans, collectively, the site specificity of the installations will engage audiences with the unique history and architecture of the Carriageworks precinct.

IMAGE: Rebecca Baumann, Radiant Flux, 2020. Commissioned by Carriageworks. Image courtesy the artist and Starkwhite © the artist. Photograph: Mark Pokorny.

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October 11, 2019

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2019 Winner announced

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, today announced Sydney based artist Merran Esson and her work Autumn On The Monaro as the winner of the 19th annual acquisitive $20,000 Prize. Sydney artist Benjamin Jay Shand was awarded the Special Commendation award valued at $2,000 and artists Kieta Jackson, from Norwich, England, and Jessica Leitmanis, from Torquay, received a special mention. The 2019 Mayor’s Award valued at $1,000 has been awarded to Adelaide artist Jane Price.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, today announced Sydney based artist Merran Esson and her work Autumn On The Monaro as the winner of the 19th annual acquisitive $20,000 Prize. Sydney artist Benjamin Jay Shand was awarded the Special Commendation award valued at $2,000 and artists Kieta Jackson, from Norwich, England, and Jessica Leitmanis, from Torquay, received a special mention. The 2019 Mayor’s Award valued at $1,000 has been awarded to Adelaide artist Jane Price.

Professor Ross Harley commented on the 2019 winning sculpture: “Merran Esson has made a beautiful work that evokes the forms and atmosphere of the Monaro autumn. The winning work displays a masterful use of material, palette and form but at the same time it has a warmth of emotion which draws the viewer into its field.”

The winners were chosen from a finalist group of 43 emerging and established artists by three guest judges: Dean of the Faculty of Art & Design and UNSW Chair of Arts and Culture, Professor Ross Harley;  Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Opera House, Louise Herron AM, and Design and Architecture advocate, broadcaster, author and comedian, Tim Ross. All finalist works will be displayed as part of a free public exhibition from 12 October – 3 November 2019 at Woollahra Council in Sydney.

Image: Merran Esson, Autumn On The Monaro 

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September 27, 2019

Heide Museum of Modern Art to present major Virtual Reality work by Jess Johnson and Simon Ward

Heide Museum of Modern Art will present National Gallery of Australia exhibition TERMINUS, a collaboration between New York based visual artist Jess Johnson and Wellington, New Zealand based video maker and animator Simon Ward. Exploring reality as malleable and multiple, the exhibition features five virtual reality artworks situated on a full-scale tessellated floor map and was curated by National Gallery Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Jaklyn Babington. Commissioned by the National Gallery and the Balnaves Foundation, TERMINUS will be presented for the first time in Melbourne at Heide Museum of Modern Art from Saturday 2 November 2019 to 1 March 2020.

Heide Museum of Modern Art will present National Gallery of Australia exhibition TERMINUS, a collaboration between New York based visual artist Jess Johnson and Wellington, New Zealand based video maker and animator Simon Ward. Exploring reality as malleable and multiple, the exhibition features five virtual reality artworks situated on a full-scale tessellated floor map and was curated by National Gallery Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Jaklyn Babington. Commissioned by the National Gallery and the Balnaves Foundation, TERMINUS will be presented for the first time in Melbourne at Heide Museum of Modern Art from Saturday 2 November 2019 to 1 March 2020. It is the first stop of its national tour by the National Gallery of Australia.

TERMINUS is a mysterious universe of alien architecture populated by humanoid clones and cryptic symbols, explored via a network of travellators and gateways, that presents the viewer with a quest into the technological, and through time and space, as they explore five distinct realms.

IMAGE: Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Terminus 2017 – 18 (still), virtual reality experience in five parts: colour, sound. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Commissioned with the assistance of The Balnaves Foundation 2017. Purchased 2018

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September 27, 2019

NGV Australia presents first major survey of celebrated Australian photographer Petrina Hicks

Petrina Hicks: Bleached Gothic is the first major survey exhibition of celebrated Australian photographer Petrina Hicks. Over her fifteen-year career, Hicks has gained a strong reputation for her enigmatic, multi-layered and beautiful photographs. The exhibition includes more than forty photograph and video works spanning the period 2003 to 2019. Seen together for the first time, Hicks’s shimmering and often surreal compositions convey the inherent ambiguity and complexity of the female experience.

Drawing on mythology and art history, Hicks’ works rely almost exclusively on the ethereal nature of her models (including an albino cabaret dancer, snakes and an award-winning hairless cat) and are imbued with the tension between seduction and danger, familiarity and strangeness, intimacy and distance.

Petrina Hicks: Bleached Gothic is the first major survey exhibition of celebrated Australian photographer Petrina Hicks. Over her fifteen-year career, Hicks has gained a strong reputation for her enigmatic, multi-layered and beautiful photographs. The exhibition includes more than forty photograph and video works spanning the period 2003 to 2019. Seen together for the first time, Hicks’s shimmering and often surreal compositions convey the inherent ambiguity and complexity of the female experience.

Drawing on mythology and art history, Hicks’ works rely almost exclusively on the ethereal nature of her models (including an albino cabaret dancer, snakes and an award-winning hairless cat) and are imbued with the tension between seduction and danger, familiarity and strangeness, intimacy and distance.

This free exhibition is showing at the NGV Australia until 15 March 2020.

IMAGE CAPTION: Petrina Hicks Australia born 1972, Serpentina II 2015, from The Unbearable Lightness of Being series 2015, pigment inkjet print, 100.0 x 100.0 (image). Collection of the artist, courtesy Michael Reid, Sydney; and This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne © Petrina Hicks. Courtesy of Michael Reid, Sydney; and This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne

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September 27, 2019

NGV Australia presents first major survey of acclaimed Australian photographer Polixeni Papapetrou

Olympia: Photographs by Polixeni Papapetrou is the first major museum retrospective of Australian photographer Polixeni Papapetrou (1961–2018). Drawing from the NGV Collection and the artist’s estate, the exhibition comprises photographs of the artist’s daughter Olympia. From her birth (1997) until her mother’s death last year, Olympia played a central role in Papapetrou’s image-making, variously assuming the complex roles of model and muse, collaborator and champion.

Olympia: Photographs by Polixeni Papapetrou surveys twenty years of Papapetrou’s practice and includes works from her best-known series, as well as images never before displayed in Melbourne.

Olympia: Photographs by Polixeni Papapetrou is the first major museum retrospective of Australian photographer Polixeni Papapetrou (1961–2018). Drawing from the NGV Collection and the artist’s estate, the exhibition comprises photographs of the artist’s daughter Olympia. From her birth (1997) until her mother’s death last year, Olympia played a central role in Papapetrou’s image-making, variously assuming the complex roles of model and muse, collaborator and champion.

Olympia: Photographs by Polixeni Papapetrou surveys twenty years of Papapetrou’s practice and includes works from her best-known series, as well as images never before displayed in Melbourne. Influenced by her PhD on the work of nineteenth-century English author Lewis Carroll, Papapetrou’s work explores the representation of children in historical and contemporary settings and their role in society, the complex stereotypes surrounding childhood and, later, issues of identity and the individual.

This free exhibition is on at NGV Australia until 15 March 2020

IMAGE CAPTION: Polixeni Papapetrou, The debutants 2009 from the Between Worlds series 2009, inkjet print, 105.0 x 105.0 cm, Private collection © The estate of Polixeni Papapetrou, Michael Reid Gallery (Sydney) and Jarvis Dooney (Berlin)

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September 2, 2019

ANNA SCHWARTZ GALLERY presents An exhibition of work by more than 50 artists, spanning the 1980s to the present

 

From 5 October to 21 December 2019, Anna Schwartz Gallery will present Never the same river, a landmark, large-scale group exhibition of work by over 50 visionary Australian and international artists spanning the 1980s to the present. Never the same river is an exhibition of works of art across timeframes, acknowledging that the ways in which artists engage ideas and produce work does not necessarily follow a linear path. The exhibition draws from the exhibition histories of four galleries – Melbourne’s United Artists (1982—1988), City Gallery (1988—1993), and Anna Schwartz Gallery, in both Melbourne (1993—present) and Sydney (2008—2015).

 

From 5 October to 21 December 2019, Anna Schwartz Gallery will present Never the same river, a landmark, large-scale group exhibition of work by over 50 visionary Australian and international artists spanning the 1980s to the present. Never the same river is an exhibition of works of art across timeframes, acknowledging that the ways in which artists engage ideas and produce work does not necessarily follow a linear path. The exhibition draws from the exhibition histories of four galleries – Melbourne’s United Artists (1982—1988), City Gallery (1988—1993), and Anna Schwartz Gallery, in both Melbourne (1993—present) and Sydney (2008—2015).

Never the same river elaborates the themes, ideas, beliefs, and passions that have motivated the artists in their struggle to work within and against established conventions. Many works directly engage the political and social contexts of their time, and are redefined by the present tense.

The exhibition will be designed in collaboration with award-winning architecture firm, Denton Corker Marshall, who designed the gallery at 185 Flinders Lane in 1993.

Image: Shelley Lasica, Dress, 1998, a costumed performance in collaboration with designer Martin Grant. Photo Kate Gollings.

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August 29, 2019

NGV Australia presents monumental international photography exhibition Civilization: The Way We Live Now

Civilization: The Way We Live Now is an international photography exhibition of monumental scale, featuring over 200 original photographs by over 100 contemporary photographers from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe. Presented at the NGV Australia in collaboration with the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/New York/Paris/Lausanne and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, the exhibition explores photographic representations of life in cities and journeys through the shared experiences of life in the urban environment.

Civilization: The Way We Live Now is an international photography exhibition of monumental scale, featuring over 200 original photographs by over 100 contemporary photographers from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe. Presented at the NGV Australia in collaboration with the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/New York/Paris/Lausanne and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, the exhibition explores photographic representations of life in cities and journeys through the shared experiences of life in the urban environment.

Looking at the phenomenal complexity of urban life in the twenty-first century, Civilization: The Way We Live Now reflects on the ways in which photographers have documented, and held a mirror up to, the increasingly globalised world around us. The selected works create a picture of collective life around the world and document patterns of mass behaviour.

Image Caption: Ashley Gilbertson, Australian born 1978. 1,215 American soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors pray before a pledge of enlistment on July 4, 2008, at a massive re-enlistment ceremony at one of Saddam Hussein’s former palaces in Baghdad, Iraq 2008 from the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot series. Type C photograph, 69.0 x 94.0 x 5.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist © Ashley Gilbertson / VII Network

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August 26, 2019

AUSTRALIA’S ONLY CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY DEDICATED TO WOMEN ARTISTS OPENS IN MELBOURNE

Finkelstein Gallery, Australia’s only contemporary art gallery dedicated to women artists has opened in Melbourne with its inaugural group exhibition Finkelstein Gallery presents which runs from 29 August to 28 September 2019.

Founded by respected art consultant and advocate Lisa Fehily, the gallery will present works from some of Australia’s most exciting emerging and established female artists including Cigdem Aydemir, Lisa Roet, Louise Paramour, Monika Behrens, Kate Rohde, Kate Baker, Deborah Kelly, Coady and international artists Kim Lieberman and Sonal Kontaria.

Finkelstein Gallery, Australia’s only contemporary art gallery dedicated to women artists has opened in Melbourne with its inaugural group exhibition Finkelstein Gallery presents which runs from 29 August to 28 September 2019.

Founded by respected art consultant and advocate Lisa Fehily, the gallery will present works from some of Australia’s most exciting emerging and established female artists including Cigdem Aydemir, Lisa Roet, Louise Paramour, Monika Behrens, Kate Rohde, Kate Baker, Deborah Kelly, Coady and international artists Kim Lieberman and Sonal Kontaria.

Inspired by the under representation of female artists in Australia’s institutional collections and the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington D.C campaign #Fivewomenartists, Lisa Fehily felt the time was right to open the gallery.

“After working with artists for many years, I have been witness to female artists being overlooked, not being put forward for important exhibitions and institutions predominantly considering male artists for collections,” Fehily comments.

This under representation is reflected in recent figures which indicate that Australian commercial galleries show 40% female artists and state museums show 34% female artists. The gallery aims to address this imbalance, building on the work of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. which, in 2016, asked people if they could name five women artists.

Image: The Ride, Credit Cigdem Aydemir

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August 26, 2019

2019 SYDNEY ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL: MAKING. HOUSING. AFFORDABLE.

The 13th Sydney Architecture Festival will be a week-long festival running from 11-17 November 2019 under the direction of the newly appointed Creative Director, Dr Barnaby Bennett. This year’s theme is Making. Housing. Affordable.

At its core, the practice of architecture is a response to the human need for shelter. The Festival extends this position to the simple claim that everyone deserves a safe and comfortable place to live.

In 2019 the Festival will feature a series of engaging seminars, exhibitions, film screenings, tours and events speakers across a range of disciplines and will reflect on issues of design, economics, housing quality and housing affordability to answer the key question: What needs to change to make it affordable to have a home in Sydney?

The 13th Sydney Architecture Festival will be a week-long festival running from 11-17 November 2019 under the direction of the newly appointed Creative Director, Dr Barnaby Bennett. This year’s theme is Making. Housing. Affordable.

At its core, the practice of architecture is a response to the human need for shelter. The Festival extends this position to the simple claim that everyone deserves a safe and comfortable place to live.

In 2019 the Festival will feature a series of engaging seminars, exhibitions, film screenings, tours and events speakers across a range of disciplines and will reflect on issues of design, economics, housing quality and housing affordability to answer the key question: What needs to change to make it affordable to have a home in Sydney?

“The Festival will present contemporary research and development, practice-led innovation, policy activism, and shareable expertise in relation to community, design, policy and government. Is the answer more affordable housing? Or do we just need more housing to make it affordable? Is the current crisis caused by bad policy, bad land use, or poor design? Who does the current model serve? And what needs to change to make sure every person has a warm, safe home to live in?” Barnaby Bennett.

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August 16, 2019

Body Architect, designer and science-fiction artist Lucy McRae contemplates the question: How will technology transform the body?

The National Gallery of Victoria will present the first major survey of LA-based, Australian born science fiction artist, innovator and body architect Lucy McRae from 30 August 2019 – 9 February 2020.

Lucy McRae Body Architect features never before exhibited works and charts McRae’s career exploring how technology could transform the human experience in the future through speculative videos and photography.

McRae has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is one of the youngest ever TED Fellows.

The National Gallery of Victoria will present the first major survey of LA-based, Australian born science fiction artist, innovator and body architect Lucy McRae from 30 August 2019 – 9 February 2020.

Lucy McRae Body Architect features never before exhibited works and charts McRae’s career exploring how technology could transform the human experience in the future through speculative videos and photography.

McRae has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is one of the youngest ever TED Fellows.

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, calls her ‘one of Australia’s most exciting conceptual designers today’.

Lucy McRae and Bart Hess, Grow on you #1 2008, colour digital image © Lucy McRae and Bart Hess

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August 16, 2019

MIKE PARR: THE ETERNAL OPENING || Multilayered installation and season of performance work will be presented free to the public at Carriageworks

Mike Parr, one of Australia’s most rigorous and respected artists will stage The Eternal Opening, an installation exhibiting an actual art gallery as an art object in a gallery at Carriageworks.  In a reconstruction of Parr’s minimalist performance, LEFT FIELD [for Robert Hunter] (2017), audiences will enter a life-sized replica of the original space, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, to experience both the gallery and the documentation of the original performance as a kind of Eternal Return of the original occurrence.

Mike Parr, one of Australia’s most rigorous and respected artists will stage The Eternal Opening, an installation exhibiting an actual art gallery as an art object in a gallery at Carriageworks.  In a reconstruction of Parr’s minimalist performance, LEFT FIELD [for Robert Hunter] (2017), audiences will enter a life-sized replica of the original space, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, to experience both the gallery and the documentation of the original performance as a kind of Eternal Return of the original occurrence.

A series of new performances will accompany the work over the course of its exhibition and as a critical addenda to this program  Carriageworks will also present video documentation of Parr’s 2016 work BDH [Burning Down The House] in which hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of the artist’s prints were methodically positioned in the Carriageworks traverser before being doused with petrol and incinerated.

Carriageworks Acting Director Euan Upston said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Mike Parr back to Carriageworks for the presentation of this major new project The Eternal Opening and to present for the first time in Sydney the full-scale documentation of BDH [Burning Down the House], an event which occurred here at Carriageworks in March 2016. Parr is an indomitable and uncompromising artist, whose commitment to interrogating art history and art itself has influenced a generation of practitioners. At Carriageworks, we are committed to presenting work that is ‘artist led’. This project is testament to that commitment.’

Anna Schwartz, Director and Founder of Anna Schwartz Gallery, commented: ‘Having worked with Mike Parr for more than thirty years it seems to me that the replication of The Eternal Opening represents the possible viewing of a lifetime’s practice as a single intensifying work. That it is occurring in Carriageworks has particular resonance given Mike’s history of exhibitions in this space.’

Mike Parr: The Eternal Opening

Mike Parr, Left Field [for Robert Hunter], 2017, Image Zan Wimberley.

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August 16, 2019

monumental catalogue raisonné of Brett Whiteley’s work announced, spanning 37 years

 

The first comprehensive publication of Whiteley’s artistic oeuvre, Brett Whiteley: Catalogue Raisonné: 1955–1992 has been compiled by art historian Kathie Sutherland over seven years and comprises a seven-volume collection that covers the artist’s life time of work in exhaustive detail.

Brett Whiteley: Catalogue Raisonné: 1955–1992 is an unprecedented publishing event that confirms Whiteley’s enduring significance as a visionary force of Australian art. Weighing 21 kilograms and totalling 2400 pages, the set of seven cloth-bound books presented in a deluxe, elegantly finished slipcase features more than 4600 artworks, including hundreds of never-before-published works.

 

The first comprehensive publication of Whiteley’s artistic oeuvre, Brett Whiteley: Catalogue Raisonné: 1955–1992 has been compiled by art historian Kathie Sutherland over seven years and comprises a seven-volume collection that covers the artist’s life time of work in exhaustive detail.

Brett Whiteley: Catalogue Raisonné: 1955–1992 is an unprecedented publishing event that confirms Whiteley’s enduring significance as a visionary force of Australian art. Weighing 21 kilograms and totalling 2400 pages, the set of seven cloth-bound books presented in a deluxe, elegantly finished slipcase features more than 4600 artworks, including hundreds of never-before-published works.

Volumes I, III and IV hold paintings and drawings from the 1950s to the 1990s; Volume II contains exquisite concertina fold-outs of the mammoth The American Dream and Alchemy; Volume V contains Whiteley’s prints; and Volume VI compiles his ceramics and sculpture. A final book, Volume VII, holds essays, a cataloguing text, an exhibition history, an artist’s biography, a bibliography and an index of persistent themes that lend insightful form to the expanse of Whiteley’s rich and varied oeuvre.

This one-off print release is limited to 1000 copies, with each individual set foiled with a unique number in the series and presented in bespoke packaging.

 

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August 9, 2019

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Announces 2019 Finalists

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, has announced 43 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 19th annual Prize and exhibition. The 2019 finalist group includes artists from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom highlighting the Prize’s growing international reputation.

The innovative submissions – each for a freestanding sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension – were selected from 634 entries by a judging panel comprised of Professor Ross Harley, Dean of the Faculty of Art & Design and UNSW Chair of Arts and Culture, Louise Herron AM, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Opera House, and Design and Architecture advocate, broadcaster, author and comedian, Tim Ross.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, has announced 43 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 19th annual Prize and exhibition. The 2019 finalist group includes artists from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom highlighting the Prize’s growing international reputation.

The innovative submissions – each for a freestanding sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension – were selected from 634 entries by a judging panel comprised of Professor Ross Harley, Dean of the Faculty of Art & Design and UNSW Chair of Arts and Culture, Louise Herron AM, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Opera House, and Design and Architecture advocate, broadcaster, author and comedian, Tim Ross.

The 2019 Woollahra Sculpture Prize finalist artists are: Ali McCann (VIC) Alison McDonald (QLD) Ara Dolation (VIC), Benjamin Jay Shand (NSW) Brenda Page (VIC) Carol Cooke (ACT) Carol Lehrer Crawford (NSW) Donna Marcus (QLD) Erica Izard (NSW) Jane McKenzie (NSW) Jane Price (SA) Jeffrey Wood (NSW) Jessica Leitmanis (VIC) Johannes van Nunen (NLD/NSW) Julie Monro-Allison (ACT) Julie Pennington (ACT) Kate Ellis (VIC) Kenny Pittock (VIC) Kieta Jackson (UK) Lisa Giles (NSW) Louis Pratt (NSW) Louiseann King (VIC) Luke Storrier (NSW) Mandy Quadrio (TAS/QLD) Mehwish Iqbal (NSW) Merran Esson (ACT) Natalie Rosin (NSW) Nathan Keogh (NSW) Neil Laredo (NSW) Nicole de Mestre (NSW) NOT (NSW) Oliver Ashworth-Martin (UK/VIC) Patricia Smart (NSW) Paula Dunlop (QLD) Peter Zappa (WA) Stuart Rex Mclachlan (NSW) Tai Snaith (VIC) Tina Fox (NSW) Toni Morrison (NSW) Tracey Deep (NSW) Ulan Murray (NSW) Veronica Andrus-Blaskievics (NSW) Wanda Gillespie (NZ).

A free exhibition of all the finalist sculptures will be presented from Friday 11 October to Sunday 3 November 2019 at Woollahra Council Chambers.

Image: Ara Dolatian, “Vibrant Matter”

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August 2, 2019

Fremantle Biennale announces program for second edition: UNDERCURRENT 19

Fremantle Biennale have announced UNDERCURRENT 19, the second edition of the city-wide contemporary art program showcasing experimental site responsive work from established and emerging artists from across the world. Opening UNDERCURRENT 19, the Fremantle Biennale will present the internationally acclaimed light installation WATERLICHT by Studio Roosegaarde founded by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde. Marking the first time the studio have presented this work in the Southern Hemisphere, the installation calls attention to rising water levels and the climate change crisis.

Fremantle Biennale have announced UNDERCURRENT 19, the second edition of the city-wide contemporary art program showcasing experimental site responsive work from established and emerging artists from across the world. Opening UNDERCURRENT 19, the Fremantle Biennale will present the internationally acclaimed light installation WATERLICHT by Studio Roosegaarde founded by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde. Marking the first time the studio have presented this work in the Southern Hemisphere, the installation calls attention to rising water levels and the climate change crisis.

Running for three weeks from 1-24 November 2019, the Fremantle Biennale will also present 15 new commissions including large-scale artworks, installations, architectural pavilions, performances and group exhibitions realised in new and found sites across the port city. Over 40 local, national and international artists will respond to the history, landscape and communities that make-up Fremantle to reveal and celebrate the cultural, social and historical distinctiveness of the port-city in Western Australia.

Fremantle Biennale Co-Founder and Artistic Director Tom Mùller said: Art has always been a fundamental component of Fremantle, with its creative community almost as renowned as its port. The Fremantle Biennale builds on this reputation and following the success of our first edition, we are thrilled to expand the program to run for three weeks in November. Artists from across Australia and the world will respond to the transience and transitional flow of Fremantle as a port town through a variety of different artistic practices. All art forms will inform and be informed by the space and history of Fremantle, whilst also addressing key topical issues of today.

The full program can be viewed at www.fremantlebiennale.com.au

Image: Waterlicht by Studio Roosegaarde, Credit Studio Roosegaarde

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July 31, 2019

SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2019 PROGRAM FOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY

New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, unveiled its most ambitious program. The 10th birthday celebration will include a takeover of The Rocks, City Tattersalls and surrounds, bringing life back to the CBD and stretching into the inner west and greater Sydney across 21 postcodes.

Presented from 1 until 30 September 2019, Fringe celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and continues to highlight Sydney’s vibrant culture, with a diverse program of performance, exhibitions and large-scale events spanning music, theatre, comedy, visual art, film, dance, circus, literature and poetry.

New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, unveiled its most ambitious program. The 10th birthday celebration will include a takeover of The Rocks, City Tattersalls and surrounds, bringing life back to the CBD and stretching into the inner west and greater Sydney across 21 postcodes.

Presented from 1 until 30 September 2019, Fringe celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and continues to highlight Sydney’s vibrant culture, with a diverse program of performance, exhibitions and large-scale events spanning music, theatre, comedy, visual art, film, dance, circus, literature and poetry. More than 342 shows will be offered including 120 world premieres, 129 Australian premieres and a further 38 Sydney premieres across 1360 performance sessions.

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July 1, 2019

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents a new body of work by Australian artist Emily Floyd: Anti-totalitarian Vectors.

Anna Schwartz Gallery is delighted to present Anti-totalitarian Vectors, a new body of work by Australian artist Emily Floyd. Born into a family of toymakers, Floyd works in sculpture, printmaking and public installation. She is renowned for her text-based sculptures and pedagogically inspired works that combine a strong focus on visual qualities with an interest in the legacies of modernism.

Anti-totalitarian Vectors is a series of sculptures that blend childhood space with political philosophy, activating the urgent legacy of twentieth century anti-totalitarian struggle.

Anna Schwartz Gallery is delighted to present Anti-totalitarian Vectors, a new body of work by Australian artist Emily Floyd. Born into a family of toymakers, Floyd works in sculpture, printmaking and public installation. She is renowned for her text-based sculptures and pedagogically inspired works that combine a strong focus on visual qualities with an interest in the legacies of modernism.

Anti-totalitarian Vectors is a series of sculptures that blend childhood space with political philosophy, activating the urgent legacy of twentieth century anti-totalitarian struggle. The exhibition is conceived as a compendium of typographic artefacts and objects which together form a ‘library and garden of medicinal herbs’, dedicated to the Hungarian philosopher and core member of The Budapest School, Ágnes Heller.

It will include a large-scale, 1.5m high Owl of Minerva sculpture cast in aluminium, a family of cast bronze Umlauts, and Monoliths: free-standing, aluminium forms over 2.5m in height that feature abstractions of original book covers by The Budapest School.

13 July – 17 August, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.

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Emily Floyd, Umlauts, 2019 (detail)

Cast bronze with black patina.

Set of three sculptures: (B) 61 x 43 x 15 cm; (C) 40.5 x 27.9 x 10 cm; (A) 81 x 55.8 x 20 cm.

Edition of 4.

Photo: Dane Lovett

©Emily Floyd.

Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

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June 27, 2019

NGV presents major survey of Australia’s most acclaimed abstract artist Roger Kemp

Roger Kemp: Visionary Modernist is the first major exhibition to chart the development of acclaimed Australian abstract artist Roger Kemp’s career. Best known for his large-scale tapestries that hang in the National Gallery of Victoria’s Great Hall, Kemp is recognised as one of the great inventors in abstract art, striving ‘to make visible the invisible’.

Featuring several never before publicly exhibited works, the exhibition is the most comprehensive retrospective of this artist’s work since his death in 1987.

Roger Kemp: Visionary Modernist is the first major exhibition to chart the development of acclaimed Australian abstract artist Roger Kemp’s career. Best known for his large-scale tapestries that hang in the National Gallery of Victoria’s Great Hall, Kemp is recognised as one of the great inventors in abstract art, striving ‘to make visible the invisible’.

Featuring several never before publicly exhibited works, the exhibition is the most comprehensive retrospective of this artist’s work since his death in 1987. Comprising paintings, prints and sketches, the exhibition explores the artist’s extraordinary career, beginning with his earliest paintings of symbolic landscapes and angular dancing figures, through to his late works, which reveal an artist whose concerns go beyond the physical world.

A unique and enigmatic artist, his interest was not in the overriding traditions of figurative and landscape art, nor the prevailing trends in non-objective art, but rather something much deeper and more metaphysical. In Kemp’s later works – highly resolved paintings of the 1960s, 70s and 80s – the geometric structure heightens the symbolic richness contained within. His works from this period are charged with great emotional energy and are the pinnacle of an artistic and spiritual journey.

Image: Roger Kemp, Flight in space I c. 1960–c. 1965

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June 5, 2019

Sydney Fringe Festival Celebrates 10 Years with Sydney CBD Take-Over

Celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2019, Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, has announced its most ambitious program yet including a take-over of Sydney’s historic City Tattersalls Club in a month of activations ending in a giant CBD party. Presented from 1 until 30 September, the Fringe will program performances, exhibitions, large-scale events, a festival club and more, in venues in and surrounding Sydney’s CBD.

Highlighting the city’s vibrant culture, Fringe will bring life to Sydney suburbs with a diverse program spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical theatre, dance, circus, literature and poetry.

Celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2019, Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, has announced its most ambitious program yet including a take-over of Sydney’s historic City Tattersalls Club in a month of activations ending in a giant CBD party. Presented from 1 until 30 September, the Fringe will program performances, exhibitions, large-scale events, a festival club and more, in venues in and surrounding Sydney’s CBD.

Highlighting the city’s vibrant culture, Fringe will bring life to Sydney suburbs with a diverse program spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical theatre, dance, circus, literature and poetry. The 2019 program will feature more than eight festival hubs across the city this September, including its City Tatts Hub, Touring Hub, Western Sydney Fringe, Circus Hub, Dance Hub, Emerging Artist Hub and a new Paddington Hub.

A new major partnership in 2019 with City Tattersalls Club will see Sydney Fringe continue their leading work in activating space in Sydney. Taking over multiple floors within the historic venue, Sydney Fringe will be creating a multi-venue festival hub in the heart of the CBD that includes three theatre spaces, one site specific space, a large event space and a pop-up basement bar. A highlight of the festival presented at the City Tatts Hub is Dance All Night – a mammoth multi-level immersive dance party, held over the closing weekend, including a Kevin Bacon inspired Footloose flash mob that will travel the surrounding streets.

The full program for the 2019 Sydney Fringe Festival will be announced in August 2019. Please visit www.sydneyfringe.com for further details and updates.

Image: Courtesy Sydney Fringe Festival

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June 3, 2019

Kaldor Public Art Projects calls audiences to participate in their 50th anniversary through new Living Archives project

Kaldor Public Art Projects is inviting Australians to submit their memories and personal experiences of the past 50 years of art for their new Living Archives project being launched today. The Living Archives project seeks to bring a half a century of art to life through the eyes and experiences of those who have engaged with the 34 Kaldor Public Art Projects presented around Australia.

Living Archives tells the story of the organisation’s legacy through firsthand anecdotes from the visiting public, artists, teachers, art lovers and students who experienced Kaldor Public Art Projects over the past five decades.

Kaldor Public Art Projects is inviting Australians to submit their memories and personal experiences of the past 50 years of art for their new Living Archives project being launched today. The Living Archives project seeks to bring a half a century of art to life through the eyes and experiences of those who have engaged with the 34 Kaldor Public Art Projects presented around Australia.

Living Archives tells the story of the organisation’s legacy through firsthand anecdotes from the visiting public, artists, teachers, art lovers and students who experienced Kaldor Public Art Projects over the past five decades.

Launched as part of a new 50th-anniversary website, Living Archives is an online archive showcasing personal stories and photographs which provide visitors with a rare glimpse into its history. Kaldor Public Art Projects encourages the audience to become part of the archive by submitting their own stories online at 50years.kaldorartprojects.org.au.

IMAGE: Ellen Waugh,  Christo Little Bay 1969

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May 3, 2019

Winners announced for the 2019 Head On Photo Awards

Head On Photo Festival announced the winners of the 2019 Head On Photo Awards. Judged anonymously by internationally renowned photographers, picture editors and curators, the annual Awards celebrate excellence in four categories including Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Student. Exhibitions featuring the 130 finalist and winning works for each category will be presented as part of the 2019 Head On Photo Festival at Juniper Hall, The Paddington Reservoir Gardens, NSW Parliament House and The Festival Hub at Paddington Town Hall from 4 – 19 May 2019.

Head On Photo Festival announced the winners of the 2019 Head On Photo Awards. Judged anonymously by internationally renowned photographers, picture editors and curators, the annual Awards celebrate excellence in four categories including Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Student. Exhibitions featuring the 130 finalist and winning works for each category will be presented as part of the 2019 Head On Photo Festival at Juniper Hall, The Paddington Reservoir Gardens, NSW Parliament House and The Festival Hub at Paddington Town Hall from 4 – 19 May 2019.

The annual Awards offer a prize-pool of $60,000 to professional and amateur photographers around the world and are a rewarding platform for all levels with finalist exhibitions set to tour internationally after the Festival.

First prize winners of the 2019 Head On Photo Awards are:

Portrait Prize: Unlucky by Australian photographer Juliet Taylor depicts Sheryl sitting in her taxi outside Pappy & Harriet’s bar, waiting for her husband to finish drinking so she can take him home. The image was taken in Pioneertown, which sits in the basin of the San Bernardino High Desert, where it is so black at night you can barely see a foot in front of you.

Landscape Prize: Australian photographer Bruce Haswell’s Blackpool, UK, captures Blackpool beach.

Mobile PrizeFruit Crush by Australian photographer Mel Meek captures her niece on the beach after a day of swimming. Unlike their typical family photos the image allowed Meek to see, for the first time, her niece not as a child but as becoming a grown up.

Student Prize: Australian photographer Aimee Sluga’s LAST GOODBYE captures the sadness of the final moments before her grandmother’s passing. Brought into hospital with severe pressure sores, dementia, pneumonia and weighing only 45 kg, her grandmother was completely reliant on nurses and no longer knew who Sluga was.

Image: Juliet Taylor, Unlucky. Courtesy Head On Photo Festival

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April 29, 2019

NGV announces major new exhibition celebrating 10 years of the White Rabbit Gallery

Fairy Tale in Red Times: Works from the White Rabbit Collection presents works by 26 Chinese artists, including a number of key works never before seen in Australia and is the first dedicated museum exhibition showcasing works from the collection of White Rabbit Gallery.

A Fairy Tale in Red Times introduces audiences to artists who engage with questions of identity and explore personal and cultural memories. These artists look back to the past that formed them but also examine today’s world with a penetrating gaze as they adapt materials infused with cultural meaning and together tell the story of today’s China.

Fairy Tale in Red Times: Works from the White Rabbit Collection presents works by 26 Chinese artists, including a number of key works never before seen in Australia and is the first dedicated museum exhibition showcasing works from the collection of White Rabbit Gallery.

A Fairy Tale in Red Times introduces audiences to artists who engage with questions of identity and explore personal and cultural memories. These artists look back to the past that formed them but also examine today’s world with a penetrating gaze as they adapt materials infused with cultural meaning and together tell the story of today’s China.

Major works never before seen in Australia include Zhu Jinshi’s large scale immersive installation The Ship of Time (2018) made from 14,000 sheets of xuan paper, 1800 pieces of fine bamboo and 2000 cotton threads; Mao Tongqiang’s Order (2015), a stainless-steel installation shot repeatedly with bullets; and Yang Jiechang’s expansive 14 paneled ink on silk work titled Tale of the 11th Day (2012 – 14). The exhibition will also debut the collection’s newest acquisition, a large-scale oil painting titled Bathtub (2017) by acclaimed artist Zhang Xiaogang and Constellations (2017), a three-metre silk embroidery depicting bullet holes in glass by artist Zhao Zhao in collaboration with his mother.

A Fairy Tale in Red Times is on display from 3 May – 19 October 2019 at NGV. Entry is FREE. Further information is available from the NGV website: NGV.MELBOURNE.

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April 11, 2019

Kaldor Public Art Projects and Carriageworks announce artistic and scientific collaborators for Project 34, Absorption, by Asad Raza

Kaldor Public Art Project 34, Absorption, by Asad Raza will include a collaboration with the University of Sydney Institute of Agriculture. The scientific elements of Absorption are led by Professor Alex McBratney with his colleague Associate Professor Stephen Cattle.

Daniel Boyd will create an installation affecting a porous light within the Clothing Store, while Khaled Sabsabi and Dean Crosswill create works that directly intermingle with the project’s organic elements. Agatha Gothe-Snape will create wearable pieces for the cultivators who will care for the project throughout its duration.

Kaldor Public Art Project 34, Absorption, by Asad Raza will include a collaboration with the University of Sydney Institute of Agriculture. The scientific elements of Absorption are led by Professor Alex McBratney with his colleague Associate Professor Stephen Cattle.

Daniel Boyd will create an installation affecting a porous light within the Clothing Store, while Khaled Sabsabi and Dean Crosswill create works that directly intermingle with the project’s organic elements. Agatha Gothe-Snape will create wearable pieces for the cultivators who will care for the project throughout its duration.

Brian Fuata will create a piece to be performed daily in the exhibition space, an ongoing performance the artist conceives of as a ‘haunting’.

Raza will work with Jana Hawkins-Andersen on a series of destructible clay works containing organic material and with Megan Alice Clune on a sound work that periodically responds to the installation.

In lieu of a traditional public program, Absorption will feature a series of interventions—choreographic, musical, and pedagogical. These will include a new choreographic collaboration between Ivey Wawn, Ivan Cheng, Daniel Jenatsch, Eugene Choi, and Taree Sainsbury; a pop concert by Chun Yin Rainbow Chan; an event hosted by Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation; and a reading hosted by feminist reading group Composting.

Raza’s Absorption will be presented free to the public from 3 until 19 May 2019 in the Clothing Store building on the Carriageworks site in Eveleigh, Sydney.

Image: Agatha Gothe-Snape

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April 8, 2019

HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2019 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual photography event, today announces highlight events from the 2019 program including a program of free artist talks and panel discussions featuring internationally celebrated photographers from around the world and leading industry professionals and a full day travel photography workshop with award-winning photographers Oded Wagenstein and Peter Eastway. The Festival has also revealed a handful of works from the much-anticipated annual Head On Photo Award exhibitions that will showcase 150 works from around the globe as part of the Festival’s greater program presented from 4 – 19 May 2019.

Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual photography event, today announces highlight events from the 2019 program including a program of free artist talks and panel discussions featuring internationally celebrated photographers from around the world and leading industry professionals and a full day travel photography workshop with award-winning photographers Oded Wagenstein and Peter Eastway. The Festival has also revealed a handful of works from the much-anticipated annual Head On Photo Award exhibitions that will showcase 150 works from around the globe as part of the Festival’s greater program presented from 4 – 19 May 2019.

 

The winners for the 2019 Head On Awards will be announced at the Festival’s launch party held at UNSW Art & Design, Paddington on Friday 3 May from 6pm. A highlight of the Sydney arts calendar, this free public event returns as the Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary and its largest program to date, featuring 109 exhibitions showcasing the work of 1064 international and local artists across Sydney.

 

Image: Aung Ya, Among the white umbrellas. Courtesy Head On Photo Festival

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April 3, 2019

Australian Government grants Bundanon Trust $22 million to secure Arthur Boyd’s vision

Bundanon Trust announced it has received a grant of $22 million from the Australian Government representing the final contribution towards $30.6 million required to embark on the dynamic design project for Bundanon Trust’s Riversdale site on the South Coast of NSW. The grant follows a commitment in June 2018 from the State Government of $8.592million – the largest grant from the NSW Regional Cultural Fund.

Bundanon Trust’s new development at Riversdale, designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects, will feature a light-filled contemporary art gallery and storage component, submerged into the landscape, designed to display and house the Bundanon Trust’s $43 million art collection.

Bundanon Trust announced it has received a grant of $22 million from the Australian Government representing the final contribution towards $30.6 million required to embark on the dynamic design project for Bundanon Trust’s Riversdale site on the South Coast of NSW. The grant follows a commitment in June 2018 from the State Government of $8.592million – the largest grant from the NSW Regional Cultural Fund.

Bundanon Trust’s new development at Riversdale, designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects, will feature a light-filled contemporary art gallery and storage component, submerged into the landscape, designed to display and house the Bundanon Trust’s $43 million art collection.

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April 1, 2019

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2019 Judges

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent award for small sculpture presented by Woollahra Council, has announced three new guest judges for 2019 along with a prize pool of $24,000. A free exhibition of finalist works for the 19th annual Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize will be presented from 11 October to 3 November 2019 at Woollahra Council Chambers in Double Bay, Sydney.

The 2019 Prize judges will be Professor Ross Harley; Dean of the Faculty of Art & Design and UNSW Chair of Arts and Culture, an award-winning artist, writer and educator whose career crosses the bounds of traditional and creative arts research.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent award for small sculpture presented by Woollahra Council, has announced three new guest judges for 2019 along with a prize pool of $24,000. A free exhibition of finalist works for the 19th annual Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize will be presented from 11 October to 3 November 2019 at Woollahra Council Chambers in Double Bay, Sydney.

The 2019 Prize judges will be Professor Ross Harley; Dean of the Faculty of Art & Design and UNSW Chair of Arts and Culture, an award-winning artist, writer and educator whose career crosses the bounds of traditional and creative arts research. Professor Harley is joined by Louise Herron AM, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Opera House, who was the non-executive chair of Belvoir Street for more than 10 years and chair of the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council before becoming the first woman appointed to the CEO role in 2012. The final judge for 2019 is Design and Architecture advocate, broadcaster, author and comedian, Tim Ross. Best known for his work on television and radio, Ross has a long-standing passion for architecture and design.

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March 28, 2019

Justine Varga wins Dobell Drawing Prize 2019

Justine Varga is the winner of the 2019 Dobell Drawing Prize for her work Photogenic drawing (2018). Acclaimed Indigenous artist Tony Albert was awarded Highly Commended for his work Old Sins Cast Long Shadows. The announcement was made this evening at the National Art School by NSW Minister of the Arts, The Hon Don Harwin at the opening of the Dobell Drawing Prize #21 exhibition where the winning work will be presented alongside 57 finalist works at the National Art School Gallery until 25 May 2019.

Justine Varga is the winner of the 2019 Dobell Drawing Prize for her work Photogenic drawing (2018). Acclaimed Indigenous artist Tony Albert was awarded Highly Commended for his work Old Sins Cast Long Shadows. The announcement was made this evening at the National Art School by NSW Minister of the Arts, The Hon Don Harwin at the opening of the Dobell Drawing Prize #21 exhibition where the winning work will be presented alongside 57 finalist works at the National Art School Gallery until 25 May 2019.

Photo credit: Peter Morgan

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March 8, 2019

Anna Schwartz Gallery announces CONTRABAND an exhibition by acclaimed American artist Taryn Simon

Taryn Simon will show her series Contraband, first presented in 2010 in New York and subsequently exhibited in the United States, Europe, Central and East Asia, and the Middle East at Anna Schwartz Gallery from From 2 April – 18 May. This is the first time the series will be shown in Australia.
Contraband comprises 1,075 photographs taken at both the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Site and the U.S. Postal Service International Mail Facility, both located at John F.

Taryn Simon will show her series Contraband, first presented in 2010 in New York and subsequently exhibited in the United States, Europe, Central and East Asia, and the Middle East at Anna Schwartz Gallery from From 2 April – 18 May. This is the first time the series will be shown in Australia.
Contraband comprises 1,075 photographs taken at both the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Site and the U.S. Postal Service International Mail Facility, both located at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, and functioning as liminal spaces between the U.S. and other nations. For one full working week, 24 hours per day, Simon remained on site, photographing items detained or seized from passengers and express mail entering the U.S. from abroad.

“Handbags, Louis Vuitton (disguised) (counterfeit)” [Detail] Handbags, Louis Vuitton (Counterfeit)

Contraband, 2010 Archival inkjet print 15.9 x 15.9 cm

© Taryn Simon. Courtesy Gagosian and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

 

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March 5, 2019

Australia’s Good Design Awards announces new Women in Design Award and celebrates 10 years of Sustainable Design

Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards has announced a new Women in Design Award to be offered as part of the 61st annual awards, for which the call for entries is now open. Good Design Australia invites submissions of the best of Australian and international design spanning 10 design disciplines including architecture, communication, digital, fashion and social impact. Entries close 28 March 2019. The Design for Sustainability Award also returns in 2019, celebrating its tenth year in recognising the highest level of sustainable design practice.

Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards has announced a new Women in Design Award to be offered as part of the 61st annual awards, for which the call for entries is now open. Good Design Australia invites submissions of the best of Australian and international design spanning 10 design disciplines including architecture, communication, digital, fashion and social impact. Entries close 28 March 2019. The Design for Sustainability Award also returns in 2019, celebrating its tenth year in recognising the highest level of sustainable design practice.

The inaugural Women in Design Award seeks to celebrate the achievements of female designers across the industry and the call for nominations will open on International Women’s Day, Friday 8 March 2019.

 
Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO, Good Design Australia says, “We are launching the Women in Design Award in response to the gender imbalance within leadership roles in the design industry. According to The American Institute of Graphic Arts, only 4-11% of US senior leadership roles in design are held by women, despite the fact that half the of the industry is female. This award seeks to recognise and celebrate women who have made significant contributions to the industry and hopes to encourage a more diverse and equal representation within the industry and leadership roles in particular within design and the creative industries.”

Image: The d’Arenberg cube at McLaren Vale

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February 12, 2019

Kaldor Public Art Projects and Carriageworks announce Project 34 by Asad Raza

Image: Asad Raza, Untitled (plot for dialogue), 2017, CONVERSO, Milan, 2017, © Asad Raza, Photo Credit: Andrea Rossetti

Kaldor Public Art Projects and Carriageworks today announced Asad Raza will create Kaldor Public Art Project 34, a new work presented free to the public from 3 until 19 May 2019. The project represents the first time the New York-based artist has presented his work in Australia.

Raza’s project will take place in the Clothing Store building on the Carriageworks site in Eveleigh, Sydney.

Image: Asad Raza, Untitled (plot for dialogue), 2017, CONVERSO, Milan, 2017, © Asad Raza, Photo Credit: Andrea Rossetti

Kaldor Public Art Projects and Carriageworks today announced Asad Raza will create Kaldor Public Art Project 34, a new work presented free to the public from 3 until 19 May 2019. The project represents the first time the New York-based artist has presented his work in Australia.

Raza’s project will take place in the Clothing Store building on the Carriageworks site in Eveleigh, Sydney.

Raza’s project, developed in consultation with biologists and environmental scientists, will comprise an installation with organic elements that will mediate interactions in the space, setting the scene for collaborations, rituals, and conversations.

As part of the project, Raza will invite a number of Australian artists to develop interventions of their own within the project space. Focusing on dialogue and collaboration, these artist interventions may take the form of installations, performances or experiments, reflecting an exchange with each individual artist.

The exhibition will evolve and change throughout its duration. A dedicated group of interlocutors will inhabit and take care of the space, as well as interact with visitors as they navigate the conditions of the work.

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February 12, 2019

Melbourne Design Week announces full 2019 program

In 2019, Australia’s leading annual international design event, Melbourne Design Week, will present its largest program to date, with more than 200 events including 47 exhibitions, 14 film screenings, 77 talks, 22 tours and 18 workshops across Melbourne and – for the very first time – Geelong  from 14 – 24 March 2019. Celebrating the best of local, national and international design, the expanding, state-wide festival is an initiative of the Victorian Government presented by Creative Victoria and the National Gallery of Victoria.

In 2019, Australia’s leading annual international design event, Melbourne Design Week, will present its largest program to date, with more than 200 events including 47 exhibitions, 14 film screenings, 77 talks, 22 tours and 18 workshops across Melbourne and – for the very first time – Geelong  from 14 – 24 March 2019. Celebrating the best of local, national and international design, the expanding, state-wide festival is an initiative of the Victorian Government presented by Creative Victoria and the National Gallery of Victoria.

From Yarra River boat tours showcasing long-held aspirations for Melbourne’s waterways, to keynote addresses from major international speakers, including internationally renowned Turkish-born digital media artist Refik Anadol, British design and architecture critic Oliver Wainwright and Jing Liu, an architect, educator and co-founder of the award-winning design firm SO-IL in New York City, the diverse program explores the central theme of Design Experiments, which asks the question ‘How can design shape the future?’.

Melbourne Design Week 2019 exhibitions, events, talks and workshops will be held at NGV International, NGV Australia and partner venues across Melbourne, Geelong and Victoria from 14 – 24 March 2019. Further information and full program for Melbourne Design Week 2019 is available at DESIGNWEEK.MELBOURNE.

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February 11, 2019

Head On Photo Festival announces 12 international artist exhibitions including Helmut Newton, Tariq Zaidi and Masayoshi Sukita as part of 10th annual Festival

Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual photography event, today announced 12 international award-winning photographers that will headline the 2019 Festival, presented across multiple venues in Sydney from Saturday 4 May and Sunday 19 May.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, Head On will present curated exhibitions featuring contemporary fine art photography, portraiture and photojournalism by artists from Japan, Israel, Canada, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, United States of America, Korea and Australia. Six of the curated exhibitions will be presented at the Festival Hub at Paddington Town Hall, Sydney with the remaining exhibitions being presented across Delmar Gallery, Ashfield, Lyons Gallery, Paddington and Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle.

Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual photography event, today announced 12 international award-winning photographers that will headline the 2019 Festival, presented across multiple venues in Sydney from Saturday 4 May and Sunday 19 May.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, Head On will present curated exhibitions featuring contemporary fine art photography, portraiture and photojournalism by artists from Japan, Israel, Canada, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, United States of America, Korea and Australia. Six of the curated exhibitions will be presented at the Festival Hub at Paddington Town Hall, Sydney with the remaining exhibitions being presented across Delmar Gallery, Ashfield, Lyons Gallery, Paddington and Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle.

Head On Creative Director Moshe Rosenzveig OAM said: “Head On prides itself in being a platform that presents world class exhibitions that place the work of internationally recognised artists alongside those of emerging and established Australian talent. 2019 is set to be our most exciting year yet as we celebrate our 10th anniversary with a robust program that brings some the world’s leading photographic artists to audiences across Sydney.”

“Over the past decade, Head On has presented the work of over 5000 photographers including Roger Ballen, Mary Ellen Mark, and Bill Henson. Last year, the two-week Festival attracted record attendances and showcased 147 exhibitions and more than 1000 artists at 98 Sydney venues and galleries,” added Rosenzveig.

Image – Sunday 12th November 2017 from Exodus: Rohingya Refugee Crisis by Australian Walkley Award-winning photojournalist David Dare Parker

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February 11, 2019

Ben Quilty major survey exhibition opening night to be headlined by The Herd

Quilty, the first major survey exhibition of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Ben Quilty, launches at 5.30pm in Adelaide on Friday 1 March at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The exhibition will be officially opened by the Premier of South Australia, The Hon. Steven Marshall MP with Australian hip hop group, The Herd, kicking off proceedings with a concert on the Gallery’s forecourt.

Heralding from Sydney, this is the first time in six years that The Herd will perform in Adelaide.

Quilty, the first major survey exhibition of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Ben Quilty, launches at 5.30pm in Adelaide on Friday 1 March at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The exhibition will be officially opened by the Premier of South Australia, The Hon. Steven Marshall MP with Australian hip hop group, The Herd, kicking off proceedings with a concert on the Gallery’s forecourt.

Heralding from Sydney, this is the first time in six years that The Herd will perform in Adelaide. Frontman, Urthboy says “We’re looking forward to performing at the Art Gallery of South Australia in support of Ben’s exhibition, an artist all of us in the band greatly admire and respect. Adelaide is a special place to be during the Festival and the Fringe so we can’t wait to get amongst it.”

Developed by the Art Gallery of South Australia and curated by Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Dr Lisa Slade, Quilty will be open in Adelaide from 2 March to 2 June 2019 before a year of touring to the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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January 31, 2019

Artereal Gallery exhibition and panel discussion explores gender imbalance in the commercial gallery sector

From 6 February to 2 March 2019 Artereal Gallery will present Nevertheless, she persisted – a group exhibition which will address issues around female visibility / invisibility in the art world by showcasing the work of ten unrepresented artists identifying as female or non-binary.

Neverthless, she persisted is a concerted effort on the part of Artereal Gallery to bring issues surrounding the need for equal gender representation in the art world to the fore.

From 6 February to 2 March 2019 Artereal Gallery will present Nevertheless, she persisted – a group exhibition which will address issues around female visibility / invisibility in the art world by showcasing the work of ten unrepresented artists identifying as female or non-binary.

Neverthless, she persisted is a concerted effort on the part of Artereal Gallery to bring issues surrounding the need for equal gender representation in the art world to the fore. It represents an attempt to participate in an important ongoing dialogue and recognises the responsibility of commercial galleries in affecting change and redressing the gender imbalance which has historically existed within the commercial gallery sector. Exhibiting artists include: Grace Blake, Sabella D’Souza, Leila El Rayes, Brooke Leigh, Eugenia Lim, Cat Mueller, Claudia Nicholson, Ebony Russell, Georgia Saxelby and Naomi Segal.

To coincide with this February exhibition Artereal Gallery will present Tips on persisting – a panel discussion featuring the voices of six women who have each achieved significant success in their own field. Each panellist will offer their own thoughts, personal strategies, ideas and tips on ‘how to persist’ – so that together we can work towards achieving greater gender equality both in the arts and more broadly as a society.

Tips on persisting will be presented by a line up of intelligent and dynamic female voices including:
– Neha Kale: Editor-at-Large for Vault Magazine and freelance journalist
– Jess Scully: City of Sydney Councillor and Curator
– Sara Dowse: Author, artist and women’s right activist. Head of the Office of Women’s Affairs under Prime Minister’s Whitlam and Fraser.
– Clothilde Bullen: Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Island Collections and Exhibitions – Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
– Elvis Richardson: Artist and Founder of CoUNTess
– Leila El Rayes: Artist
– Moderated by Rhianna Walcott – Associate Director – Artereal Gallery

The panel discussion will take place on Saturday 23 February at Artereal Gallery at 3pm. For more information see: artereal.com.au

Image: Claudia Nicholson, Endless Rain II 2017

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January 30, 2019

TOP DESIGN EXPERTS FEATURE IN 2019 SYDNEY DESIGN FESTIVAL

Leading design experts from Australia and around the world have been announced for the Sydney Design Festival, running from 1 – 10 March 2019 across Sydney.

Curated and produced by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), this year’s festival theme Accessing Design challenges designers to broaden the definition of design and collaborate across disciplines and cultural divides.

With 138 events presented by over 100 partners, the 2019 Festival offers 10 days of tours, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, markets, open studios, podcasts, keynote presentations, installations and symposiums.

Leading design experts from Australia and around the world have been announced for the Sydney Design Festival, running from 1 – 10 March 2019 across Sydney.

Curated and produced by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), this year’s festival theme Accessing Design challenges designers to broaden the definition of design and collaborate across disciplines and cultural divides.

With 138 events presented by over 100 partners, the 2019 Festival offers 10 days of tours, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, markets, open studios, podcasts, keynote presentations, installations and symposiums.

Sydney Design Festival | 1 – 10 March 2019 | www.sydneydesign.com.au

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January 29, 2019

National Gallery of Victoria to present major survey of Australian artist Rosslynd Piggott

From 12 April to 18 August 2019 the National Gallery of Victoria will present Rosslynd Piggott: I sense you but I cannot see you, which charts contemporary Australian artist Rosslynd Piggott’s remarkable oeuvre created over almost four decades, including new works never before seen in Australia.

The major survey exhibition is presented twenty-one years after her first survey, Rosslynd Piggott: Suspended Breath, also held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1998.

From 12 April to 18 August 2019 the National Gallery of Victoria will present Rosslynd Piggott: I sense you but I cannot see you, which charts contemporary Australian artist Rosslynd Piggott’s remarkable oeuvre created over almost four decades, including new works never before seen in Australia.

The major survey exhibition is presented twenty-one years after her first survey, Rosslynd Piggott: Suspended Breath, also held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1998.

More than 100 artworks are presented in the exhibition, linked by ideas that have sustained Piggott from the beginning of her career, including dream states and Surrealism, synesthesia and sensory perception, the beauty of the natural world and the poetics of space and place.

Works span a diverse range of mediums including paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations, and the survey reveals the ease with which Piggott moves seamlessly across diverse materials to evoke multi-sensorial phenomena.

Never before exhibited in Australia, the exhibition features an exquisite group of engraved Murano glass sculptures that Piggott made in collaboration with artisans on Murano Island, Venice.

Image Caption: Rosslynd Piggott, Nature-morte eggs 1 1990–91, oil on canvas, 107.3 x 137.0 cm © The artist Photo: courtesy the artist.

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January 16, 2019

National Gallery of Victoria presents first exhibition to bring together work of father and daughter artists Hans and Nora Heysen opening 8 March 2019

Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art is the first major exhibition to bring together the work of father and daughter artists Hans and Nora Heysen. With works covering more than a century of Australian history, this exhibition offers audiences an unprecedented insight into one of Australia’s most prominent and influential artistic dynasties. Hans was renowned for his breathtaking depictions of the Australian landscape, including some of the most recognisable and reproduced images in Australia during the mid-twentieth century.

Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art is the first major exhibition to bring together the work of father and daughter artists Hans and Nora Heysen. With works covering more than a century of Australian history, this exhibition offers audiences an unprecedented insight into one of Australia’s most prominent and influential artistic dynasties. Hans was renowned for his breathtaking depictions of the Australian landscape, including some of the most recognisable and reproduced images in Australia during the mid-twentieth century. Nora, his daughter, achieved great acclaim as a painter of still life and portraiture – and was the first woman awarded the Archibald Prize.

The exhibition will feature 270 works, including Hans’ iconic landscape painting Droving into the light 1914–21, and will be the most complete presentation of Nora’s career to date, including her strong and sensitive self-portraiture and a wide selection of works produced during her commission as Australia’s first female war artist. In bringing the works of Hans and Nora together, this exhibition considers their shared international influences, their love of nature and the impact of their family life and relationships.

Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia | 8 March – 28 July 2019 | Admission fees apply

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January 15, 2019

Nationally touring Arthur Boyd survey explores a lifetime of landscape painting and premieres at National Art School Gallery

Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul, a three-year nationally touring survey exhibition organised by Bundanon Trust, will premiere at National Art School Gallery, Sydney from 10 January until 9 March 2019 before touring regional institutions across Australia until 2021. Curated by Barry Pearce and drawn principally from Bundanon Trust’s own collection of the artist’s work, Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul explores a lifetime of landscape paintings by renowned Australian artist Arthur Boyd.

Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul, a three-year nationally touring survey exhibition organised by Bundanon Trust, will premiere at National Art School Gallery, Sydney from 10 January until 9 March 2019 before touring regional institutions across Australia until 2021. Curated by Barry Pearce and drawn principally from Bundanon Trust’s own collection of the artist’s work, Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul explores a lifetime of landscape paintings by renowned Australian artist Arthur Boyd.

The exhibition features some 60 key Arthur Boyd paintings including a group of masterpieces borrowed from major state art museums, as well as 20 works on paper, letters, photographs and sketchbooks spanning almost half a century and featuring works from his adolescence through to his final years.

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January 7, 2019

Carriageworks announces pop-up restaurant and bar – COSECHA by Darren Taylor

This January, COSECHA by Darren Taylor will pop up at Carriageworks serving flavour-packed Spanish dishes and drinks. Includes lunch, afternoon bites and dinner during Sydney Festival.

Darren Taylor’s menu will feature a lunch menu of salads, salsa, snacks and Bocadillos (Spanish-style baguettes), tapas, cheese and meat boards throughout the day, and a nightly selection of Paella, entree and main meals, sweets and Spanish-inspired drinks including Sangria.

This January, COSECHA by Darren Taylor will pop up at Carriageworks serving flavour-packed Spanish dishes and drinks. Includes lunch, afternoon bites and dinner during Sydney Festival.

Darren Taylor’s menu will feature a lunch menu of salads, salsa, snacks and Bocadillos (Spanish-style baguettes), tapas, cheese and meat boards throughout the day, and a nightly selection of Paella, entree and main meals, sweets and Spanish-inspired drinks including Sangria.

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December 11, 2018

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES 2019 SUMMER NIGHT MARKET TO FEATURE 60+ TOP CHEFS AND PRODUCERS CREATIVE RESPONSES TO NICK CAVE: UNTIL

Carriageworks has announced that chef, restaurateur and pioneer of distinct Cantonese-Australian cuisine, Kylie Kwong, will curate the Night Market with a line-up of over 60 stalls from Australia’s best chefs and producers on Friday 15 February 2019. The event is designed to showcase creative responses to themes presented by renowned American artist Nick Cave’s installation UNTIL, Carriageworks’ largest installation to date. The Night Market will feature a program of live music, DJs and cooking demonstrations and celebrate locally-sourced dishes inspired by diverse global communities and story-telling.

Carriageworks has announced that chef, restaurateur and pioneer of distinct Cantonese-Australian cuisine, Kylie Kwong, will curate the Night Market with a line-up of over 60 stalls from Australia’s best chefs and producers on Friday 15 February 2019. The event is designed to showcase creative responses to themes presented by renowned American artist Nick Cave’s installation UNTIL, Carriageworks’ largest installation to date. The Night Market will feature a program of live music, DJs and cooking demonstrations and celebrate locally-sourced dishes inspired by diverse global communities and story-telling.

‘Part of my responsibility as an artist is about how do I engage Community. It’s not something that I even think about anymore, it’s just part of my practice and I think that is because I can’t do it by myself. I need the Community to help me deliver the message.’ Nick Cave.

Chef and curator Kylie Kwong was invited by Nick Cave to participate in a one-day Call and Response workshop last month alongside musicians, poets, artists and writers. The Night Market is Kylie’s unique creative response to his monumental work and she has encouraged each participating restaurant and bar to bring its own creative response via the dishes and drinks they will serve.

Image: Kylie Kwong by Dan Boud

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December 7, 2018

National Gallery of Victoria presents major survey of acclaimed American artist William Wegman

Renowned for his iconic photographic works featuring Weimaraners in contemporary and historical compositions, costumes and poses, William Wegman is the subject of a major solo exhibition at National Gallery of Victoria. Presented by the NGV and the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography until 17 March 2019, William Wegman: Being Human is the artist’s first major exhibition in Australia and will survey more than 30 years of Wegman’s prolific career.

Since 1970, Wegman’s work has centred on photographing his pet Weimaraners, including Man Ray, Fay Ray, their various offspring, relatives and companions.

Renowned for his iconic photographic works featuring Weimaraners in contemporary and historical compositions, costumes and poses, William Wegman is the subject of a major solo exhibition at National Gallery of Victoria. Presented by the NGV and the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography until 17 March 2019, William Wegman: Being Human is the artist’s first major exhibition in Australia and will survey more than 30 years of Wegman’s prolific career.

Since 1970, Wegman’s work has centred on photographing his pet Weimaraners, including Man Ray, Fay Ray, their various offspring, relatives and companions. Being Human explores Wegman’s rich archive in depth, it features 100 works, chosen in close collaboration with the artist, and includes fifty photographs which are being shown publicly for the first time.

Image: William Wegman, Constructivism, 2014 pigment print. Collection of the artist.

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December 7, 2018

CARRIAGEWORKS COMMISSIONS NEW PUBLIC ART WORK AT SOUTH EVELEIGH BY NELL & CAVE URBAN

Carriageworks and Mirvac announced that Sydney-based visual artist Nell, working together with design collective Cave Urban, has been commissioned to create a new public artwork at South Eveleigh, previously known as Australian Technology Park.

Eveleigh Tree House will consist of a series of interconnected pods created out of hundreds of individually forged steel gum leaves.  The tree house pods will be nestled amongst the existing gum trees at Eveleigh Green located within South Eveleigh, a 14-hectare multi-use precinct being developed by Mirvac.

Carriageworks and Mirvac announced that Sydney-based visual artist Nell, working together with design collective Cave Urban, has been commissioned to create a new public artwork at South Eveleigh, previously known as Australian Technology Park.

Eveleigh Tree House will consist of a series of interconnected pods created out of hundreds of individually forged steel gum leaves.  The tree house pods will be nestled amongst the existing gum trees at Eveleigh Green located within South Eveleigh, a 14-hectare multi-use precinct being developed by Mirvac.

Eveleigh Tree House is part of an ongoing, broader public art program at South Eveleigh facilitated by Mirvac and its consortium partners AMP Capital and Sunsuper. The program has been curated by Carriageworks and will include sculptural and botanical interventions, landmarks and meeting places at South Eveleigh created by a number of local artists.

Nell was inspired by the history and character of the nearby Eveleigh Locomotive precinct and wanted to pay homage to the Gadigal land on which the site stands. The work also embodies a personal connection to the site for the artist, whose great-grandfather worked as a boilermaker at Eveleigh from 1931-1952.

‘The Tree House will capture the essence of what we as adults remember tree houses to be —a place of imagination, observation and retreat from the world,’ explained Nell.

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December 5, 2018

Bundanon Trust announces Prelude 2019 Residencies

Bundanon Trust has announced that six Australian composers have been awarded the Prelude residencies at four historic houses during 2019. Prelude is a national network of long-term residencies for Australian composers, housed in historic buildings and providing time and space for the creation of new work. In 2019 the six composers in-residence will be Sarah Blasko, Tim Dargaville, William Gardiner, Chris McNulty, Thomas Meadowcroft and Ngaiire. The historic houses are located in Perth WA, Adelaide SA, Sydney’s Paddington and the NSW Southern Highlands.

Bundanon Trust has announced that six Australian composers have been awarded the Prelude residencies at four historic houses during 2019. Prelude is a national network of long-term residencies for Australian composers, housed in historic buildings and providing time and space for the creation of new work. In 2019 the six composers in-residence will be Sarah Blasko, Tim Dargaville, William Gardiner, Chris McNulty, Thomas Meadowcroft and Ngaiire. The historic houses are located in Perth WA, Adelaide SA, Sydney’s Paddington and the NSW Southern Highlands.

Prelude is based on the sentiment expressed by Peggy Glanville-Hicks in 1958 that, “It is apparent that leisure and silence are absolute prerequisites for composers if they are to engage fully the many forms of awareness involved in creative activity.” Prelude is in its third year and is managed by Bundanon Trust, which runs the largest artist-in-residence program in the country from its home on the NSW south coast.

In 2019 the programme builds on the established residencies at Peggy Glanville-Hicks House in Sydney, Gallop House in Perth and Beaumont Cottage in Adelaide, by expanding to include Golden Vale Homestead in Sutton Forest NSW. The successful applicants are provided with sole occupancy of the houses as well as a stipend to cover living costs and travel.

Image: Gallop House river view Dalkeith. Courtesy Bundanon Trust.

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December 4, 2018

Hany Armanious appointed Head of Sculpture, National Art School

Hany Armanious, one of Australia’s foremost artists, will take up the position of Head of Sculpture at the National Art School from the beginning of the 2019 academic year.

The official artist for the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011, Armanious’ work is held in numerous Australian and international public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.

Hany Armanious, one of Australia’s foremost artists, will take up the position of Head of Sculpture at the National Art School from the beginning of the 2019 academic year.

The official artist for the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011, Armanious’ work is held in numerous Australian and international public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.

A warm, experienced and inspirational educator, Hany Armanious has been teaching in the higher education context since 1998, as a lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, the College of Fine Art, UNSW and most recently as a full-time permanent lecturer at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. At QCA he has been responsible for the design and implementation of a new sculpture curriculum, expanding the understanding of the role of sculpture in contemporary art, with an emphasis on merging skills and material possibilities with conceptual rigour.

Represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Hany Armanious’ most recent exhibition for the Gallery was held in 2018.  Since 1991 he has held more than 30 solo exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, France, Italy and Germany. In 2001 his work was the subject of an exhibition curated by Connie Butler at the Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, with a further solo exhibition held in 2008 at the Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, curated by Anthony Huberman. In 2007 an extensive survey exhibition was held at The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, which toured to the City Gallery, Wellington in 2008.

Image: Hany Armanious. Courtesy National Art School.

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December 1, 2018

Penrith Regional Gallery and the Museum of Applied Arts and Science present major exhibition exploring Australian notions of home

The Ideal Home exhibition and public programs seeks to explore Australian experiences of home across the past 100 years, encompassing domestic architecture, design, and technology, alongside contemporary social issues which threaten the fabric of our intimate lives: domestic violence, homelessness, housing affordability and the notion of Australia as refuge.

Penrith Regional Gallery with partner institution the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS) are examining various experiences of home and family life in a new exhibition titled The Ideal Home, on display from 1 December 2018 to 24 March 2019. 

The Ideal Home exhibition and public programs seeks to explore Australian experiences of home across the past 100 years, encompassing domestic architecture, design, and technology, alongside contemporary social issues which threaten the fabric of our intimate lives: domestic violence, homelessness, housing affordability and the notion of Australia as refuge.

Penrith Regional Gallery with partner institution the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS) are examining various experiences of home and family life in a new exhibition titled The Ideal Home, on display from 1 December 2018 to 24 March 2019. The Ideal Home features 70 objects from the MAAS collection and a number of newly commissioned artworks exploring the Australian experience of home over the last century, encompassing themes of design and technology together with contemporary social issues such as domestic violence, homelessness, housing affordability and the notion of Australia as refuge.

The exhibition has taken over the entire Penrith Regional Gallery site, as well as extending to a satellite exhibition of modernist art and design at MAAS venue the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, with each space enabling a different consideration of exhibition ideas and themes.

Image: eX de Medici’s The Ominous Domestic, 2018

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November 29, 2018

Sydney Fringe Festival launches An Anthology of Space 2015 -2018

Sydney Fringe has launched An Anthology of Space 2015-2018, a 94-page report outlining prohibitive restrictions preventing Sydney’s creative sectors from activating empty industrial warehouse spaces and retail shop fronts.

An Anthology of Space proposes solutions to overcome the onerous red tape it says is strangling Sydney’s creative sectors.

The report calls for a variation to the National Construction Code – due to be updated in 2019 –  that would allow small arts venues to be treated for planning purposes in a similar way as restaurants.

Sydney Fringe has launched An Anthology of Space 2015-2018, a 94-page report outlining prohibitive restrictions preventing Sydney’s creative sectors from activating empty industrial warehouse spaces and retail shop fronts.

An Anthology of Space proposes solutions to overcome the onerous red tape it says is strangling Sydney’s creative sectors.

The report calls for a variation to the National Construction Code – due to be updated in 2019 –  that would allow small arts venues to be treated for planning purposes in a similar way as restaurants.

Sydney Fringe Festival Director and Chief Executive, Kerri Glassock, says the most common problem for artists in NSW is the lack of affordable and appropriate space in which to make and present work year round.

Despite this need, the report points to prohibitive restrictions – regulatory and financial – hindering artists and creative industries from bringing new life to underutilised industrial and retail spaces through temporary artist projects.

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November 28, 2018

DOBELL DRAWING PRIZE RECEIVES RECORD ENTRIES AND ANNOUNCES BEN QUILTY AS JUDGE

The National Art School has announced that a record number of entries have been received for the revived Dobell Drawing Prize. 784 entries have been received from 650 artists from all over Australia, the highest number of entries to the Prize to date. Leading Australian artist Ben Quilty is the Judge for the 2019 Prize and the winner of this major Prize is to be announced on Thursday 28 March 2019 at the National Art School.

The National Art School has announced that a record number of entries have been received for the revived Dobell Drawing Prize. 784 entries have been received from 650 artists from all over Australia, the highest number of entries to the Prize to date. Leading Australian artist Ben Quilty is the Judge for the 2019 Prize and the winner of this major Prize is to be announced on Thursday 28 March 2019 at the National Art School.

The Prize is a biennial competition by submission and will showcase the expanded field of drawing and an exhibition of work by 50 finalists will be presented at NAS Gallery from 28 March until 25 May 2019, alongside a new drawing symposium that explores the importance of drawing in all its diversity.

 

 

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November 27, 2018

2018 TWT Excellence Prize Winners Announced

Sydney-based Indigenous artist Carmen Glynn-Braun has been awarded the 2018 TWT Excellence Prize, selected from more than 200 graduating students presenting work in the University of NSW Art & Design’s ANNUAL 18 Graduate Exhibition.

Glynn-Braun was awarded the $5,000 bursary by TWT Property in recognition of her work Untitled 2018 which explores the Indigenous women’s experiences with the Assimilation Policy, an Australian policy designed to obliterate Indigenous bloodlines entirely by removing children from their families and ultimately ‘breeding out’ skin colour over generations.

Sydney-based Indigenous artist Carmen Glynn-Braun has been awarded the 2018 TWT Excellence Prize, selected from more than 200 graduating students presenting work in the University of NSW Art & Design’s ANNUAL 18 Graduate Exhibition.

Glynn-Braun was awarded the $5,000 bursary by TWT Property in recognition of her work Untitled 2018 which explores the Indigenous women’s experiences with the Assimilation Policy, an Australian policy designed to obliterate Indigenous bloodlines entirely by removing children from their families and ultimately ‘breeding out’ skin colour over generations.

Glynn-Braun’s work considers how countless Indigenous women lost their children under the act and consists of four flesh-coloured paint skins that imitate the various skin colours of Indigenous Australia today, post-Stolen Generations. The paint skins are hung alongside each other, fairest to darkest in solidarity, standing as evidence of the continued survival and resilience of Aboriginal people.

Established in 2017, the annual TWT Excellence Prize is awarded to the top graduating artist presenting work in the ANNUAL 18, Australia’s largest and most diverse national showcase of graduate contemporary art, design and creative media. The exhibition is free to the public and open until 8 December 2018.

Image: Carmen Glynn-Braun with her work Untitled 2018. Courtesy TWT.

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November 22, 2018

2018 Architecture Commission designed by MUIR + OPENWORK unveiled at NGV International

The 2018 National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Architecture Commission by Melbourne architecture practice MUIR and landscape architecture studio OPENWORK was unveiled at the NGV International. Entitled Doubleground, the winning proposal for the fourth annual competition is a collaboration between the two practices, inspired by key architectural elements of Sir Roy Grounds’s iconic NGV International building in the year of the building’s fiftieth anniversary.

Doubleground transforms the NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden with a site-specific work of temporary architecture by literally raising sections of the landscape and creating chasm-like passageways for visitors to explore between the tilted embankments. 

The 2018 National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Architecture Commission by Melbourne architecture practice MUIR and landscape architecture studio OPENWORK was unveiled at the NGV International. Entitled Doubleground, the winning proposal for the fourth annual competition is a collaboration between the two practices, inspired by key architectural elements of Sir Roy Grounds’s iconic NGV International building in the year of the building’s fiftieth anniversary.

Doubleground transforms the NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden with a site-specific work of temporary architecture by literally raising sections of the landscape and creating chasm-like passageways for visitors to explore between the tilted embankments.  Architect Amy Muir and landscape architect Mark Jacques drew from memories of visiting the NGV as a young child to create a digital collage that uses architectural components from NGV International for the design blueprint.

Including a canyon-like corridor, which references the triangular patterns of the NGV’s façade and glass wall of the Great Hall, the installation features a decking area that recalls Grounds’s timber design for the Gallery foyer and a bamboo garden inspired by the building’s original Bamboo Court courtyard.

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November 20, 2018

CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENTS NICK CAVE: UNTIL

Carriageworks has unveiled its most ambitious visual arts project, a major exhibition by acclaimed American artist Nick Cave, presented free to the public from 23 November 2018 until 3 March 2019. NICK CAVE: UNTIL marks Carriageworks’ most substantial presentation of work by a solo artist and Nick Cave’s largest exhibition to date.

NICK CAVE: UNTIL is the result of a partnership between Carriageworks, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, with the three organisations co-commissioning and co-presenting the project following four years development with the artist.

Carriageworks has unveiled its most ambitious visual arts project, a major exhibition by acclaimed American artist Nick Cave, presented free to the public from 23 November 2018 until 3 March 2019. NICK CAVE: UNTIL marks Carriageworks’ most substantial presentation of work by a solo artist and Nick Cave’s largest exhibition to date.

NICK CAVE: UNTIL is the result of a partnership between Carriageworks, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, with the three organisations co-commissioning and co-presenting the project following four years development with the artist. In Australia the exhibition will be seen exclusively at Carriageworks.

A play on the phrase ‘innocent until proven guilty’, or in this case ‘guilty until proven innocent’, UNTIL began with a question Cave asked himself: ‘Is there racism in heaven?’ Rather than providing a direct answer, Cave offers us an experience, an immersive exhibition that addresses issues of race relations, gender politics and gun violence in America, and the resonance of these matters in communities around the world.

Image: Nick Cave, UNTIL, Carriageworks, Image Zan Wimberley.

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November 15, 2018

TWT Excellence Prize offers $5,000 bursary to A&D ANNUAL 18 graduating artist

The second annual TWT Excellence Prize has increased to a $5000 bursary awarded to the top graduating artist presenting work in the University of NSW Art & Design’s ANNUAL 18 Graduate Exhibition, Australia’s largest and most diverse national showcase of graduate contemporary art, design and creative media.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 27 November at an advance preview of the A&D ANNUAL 18, ahead of the public opening of the exhibition that features work by 200 graduating students across seven venues at UNSW Art & Design.

The second annual TWT Excellence Prize has increased to a $5000 bursary awarded to the top graduating artist presenting work in the University of NSW Art & Design’s ANNUAL 18 Graduate Exhibition, Australia’s largest and most diverse national showcase of graduate contemporary art, design and creative media.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 27 November at an advance preview of the A&D ANNUAL 18, ahead of the public opening of the exhibition that features work by 200 graduating students across seven venues at UNSW Art & Design.

The 2018 judging panel also includes UNSW Deputy Head of School (Design) Dr Mark Ian Jones; UNSW Senior Fine Arts Lecturer Debra Phillips; and Art Initiatives Manager at TWT and Bridging Hope Charity Foundation, Ariel Zhang.

Inaugural TWT Excellence Prize winner, Jessica Long, won the prize in 2017 for her video work titled Apartment Block No. 10, a four-minute video work that paid homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and featured 10 sequences of apartment night-life.

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November 14, 2018

CARRIAGEWORKS AND ENSEMBLE OFFSPRING PRESENT LONE HEMISPHERES

Carriageworks and Ensemble Offspring present Lone Hemispheres, a one-night-only program of seminal works by revolutionary architect, mathematician and composer Iannis Xenakis, alongside newly commissioned solo compositions by Berlin-based Australian Cathy Milliken, and Sydney composers Elizabeth Younan and Michael Smetanin. The works will be performed on Tuesday 4 December by Véronique Serret (violin), Claire Edwardes (percussion) and Zubin Kanga (piano).

Ensemble Offspring founding member Claire Edwardes said, “The music of Iannis Xenakis is unashamedly bold, and Ensemble Offspring is also unashamedly bold.

Carriageworks and Ensemble Offspring present Lone Hemispheres, a one-night-only program of seminal works by revolutionary architect, mathematician and composer Iannis Xenakis, alongside newly commissioned solo compositions by Berlin-based Australian Cathy Milliken, and Sydney composers Elizabeth Younan and Michael Smetanin. The works will be performed on Tuesday 4 December by Véronique Serret (violin), Claire Edwardes (percussion) and Zubin Kanga (piano).

Ensemble Offspring founding member Claire Edwardes said, “The music of Iannis Xenakis is unashamedly bold, and Ensemble Offspring is also unashamedly bold. To champion Xenakis, we have programmed three new works written to complement three classics by Xenakis for piano, violin and percussion. Lone Hemispheres is a celebration of a 20th-century genius and master alongside the newest of the new sound worlds – all the while featuring Ensemble Offspring core members as virtuosic soloists. Xenakis composed hard-hitting music that is ecstatic and cathartic in its power and often deeply expressive. The performers of Xenakis’s music must be almost supernatural in their skills and a live performance allows listeners to witness a seismic musical event. It is summed up most succinctly by UK music writer and critic Tom Service who describes Xenakis’s work as – ‘a musical happening of cosmic intensity’.”

Image: Who Dreamed it, Ensemble Offspring 2017 at Carriageworks.

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November 7, 2018

CALDERA ANNOUNCES INSTALLATION ARTISTS – MYSTERY ARTWORKS TO BE UNVEILED VIA DIGITAL MAP

Image- MUFFY, OneJessa

Sydney, Australia: Caldera, a boutique multi-sensory art experience featuring burlesque performances, experimental music and art from the underground has announced a program of visual artists to create site-responsive installations. Eleven cross-disciplinary and interactive artists will utilise the 130-year-old industrial metalwork shop of Eveleigh Works to stage a series of artworks responding to Caldera’s provocative themes. Audiences will be given a code to a digital map as they enter Eveleigh Locomotive Workshop and are encouraged to explore the industrial space, with eight sessions offered over four-nights, from 29 November – 2 December 2018.

Image- MUFFY, OneJessa

Sydney, Australia: Caldera, a boutique multi-sensory art experience featuring burlesque performances, experimental music and art from the underground has announced a program of visual artists to create site-responsive installations. Eleven cross-disciplinary and interactive artists will utilise the 130-year-old industrial metalwork shop of Eveleigh Works to stage a series of artworks responding to Caldera’s provocative themes. Audiences will be given a code to a digital map as they enter Eveleigh Locomotive Workshop and are encouraged to explore the industrial space, with eight sessions offered over four-nights, from 29 November – 2 December 2018.

Artistic Director Laurence Rosier Staines describes, “Caldera is a night of fire and art in an industrial cathedral. The artworks we’ve selected will feature metal, optical illusion, digital necromancy, hair, line painting, fire, steam and ephemera. They all work towards a larger theme, which may become apparent as guests follow the digital map and uncover them, hidden among the steam hammers and blast furnaces.”

The artists chosen to feature work at Caldera include: Anji Brice, OneJessa, Cyma Hibri, Harry Hock, Ben Lang, Brooke Ellen Louttit, Duncan Maclean, Alireza Mirzaeisabet, Emily Parsons-Lord, Gwen Taualai and Meng-Yu Yan

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October 31, 2018

2018 NGV Architecture Commission designed by MUIR + OPENWORK to be unveiled this November

The 2018 NGV Architecture Commission by Melbourne architecture practice MUIR and landscape architecture studio OPENWORK has commenced installation in advance of its public unveiling this November at the NGV International. Entitled Doubleground, the winning proposal for the fourth annual competition is a collaboration between the two practices, inspired by key architectural elements of Sir Roy Grounds’s iconic NGV International building in the year of the building’s fiftieth anniversary.

Doubleground will transform the NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden with a site-specific work of temporary architecture by literally raising sections of the landscape and creating chasm-like passageways for visitors to explore between the tilted embankments. 

The 2018 NGV Architecture Commission by Melbourne architecture practice MUIR and landscape architecture studio OPENWORK has commenced installation in advance of its public unveiling this November at the NGV International. Entitled Doubleground, the winning proposal for the fourth annual competition is a collaboration between the two practices, inspired by key architectural elements of Sir Roy Grounds’s iconic NGV International building in the year of the building’s fiftieth anniversary.

Doubleground will transform the NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden with a site-specific work of temporary architecture by literally raising sections of the landscape and creating chasm-like passageways for visitors to explore between the tilted embankments.  Architect Amy Muir’s design drew on memories of visiting the NGV as a young child to create a digital collage that uses architectural components from NGV International for the design blueprint.

Including a canyon-like corridor, which references the triangular patterns of the NGV’s façade and glass wall of the Great Hall, the installation will also feature a decking area that recalls Grounds’s timber design for the Gallery foyer and a bamboo garden inspired by the building’s original Bamboo Court courtyard.

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October 25, 2018

Winner of the inaugural Evelyn Chapman Art Award ($50,000) Announced

Perpetual, as Trustee, and the S.H. Ervin Gallery has announced artist Kate Stevens as the winner of the inaugural Evelyn Chapman Art Award, one hundred and thirty years after Evelyn Chapman’s birth. Stevens’ winning work Gaza forms part of an ongoing series exploring how we process images of war from the domesticity of the home which the artist looks to develop using the scholarship. The award provides a $50,000 scholarship for an Australian painter, male or female under the age of 45, to ‘engender the encouragement, development and rewarding of artistic skill, through furthering the training and knowledge and skills of Australian painters.’

The Evelyn Chapman Art Award is a new award established in the memory of Evelyn Chapman (1888 – 1961), an Australian painter and the first female artist to depict the devastated battlefields, churches and towns of the western front after the First World War.

Perpetual, as Trustee, and the S.H. Ervin Gallery has announced artist Kate Stevens as the winner of the inaugural Evelyn Chapman Art Award, one hundred and thirty years after Evelyn Chapman’s birth. Stevens’ winning work Gaza forms part of an ongoing series exploring how we process images of war from the domesticity of the home which the artist looks to develop using the scholarship. The award provides a $50,000 scholarship for an Australian painter, male or female under the age of 45, to ‘engender the encouragement, development and rewarding of artistic skill, through furthering the training and knowledge and skills of Australian painters.’

The Evelyn Chapman Art Award is a new award established in the memory of Evelyn Chapman (1888 – 1961), an Australian painter and the first female artist to depict the devastated battlefields, churches and towns of the western front after the First World War. A respected artist, Chapman exhibited at the Salon in France but was forced to retire as a painter following her marriage; however she continued to espouse art education and practice. Evelyn Chapman’s archive including artworks, photographs and correspondence between her and her daughter is held at the Art Gallery of NSW National Art Archive.

Image: Kate Stevens, Gaza. Courtesy of artist.

 

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October 22, 2018

ACCA, CARRIAGEWORKS AND MONA ANNOUNCE THE KATTHY CAVALIERE FELLOWSHIP

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Carriageworks and Mona (Museum of Old and New Art) today announced Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship, a major new artist fellowship in the name of Italian born Australian artist Katthy Cavaliere (1972-2012). The fellowship, made possible with funds from Cavaliere’s Estate in partnership with three arts institutions, is valued at $300,000 in total and will be granted to three female-identifying Australian artists working at the nexus of performance and installation.

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Carriageworks and Mona (Museum of Old and New Art) today announced Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship, a major new artist fellowship in the name of Italian born Australian artist Katthy Cavaliere (1972-2012). The fellowship, made possible with funds from Cavaliere’s Estate in partnership with three arts institutions, is valued at $300,000 in total and will be granted to three female-identifying Australian artists working at the nexus of performance and installation.

Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship will provide three grants of $100,000 awarded to three artists or collectives for the purpose of realising an ambitious new work. The three artists will be chosen by a selection panel, comprised of the presenting institutions’ leadership and curatorial teams. In 2020 Suspended Moment will be a cross-institutional presentation with each partnering institution presenting one of the three commissions and accompanied by a publication.

Expressions of interest open today and close on 17 December 2018, with fellowships awarded in 2019 to be followed by three individual exhibitions in 2020 to be presented at ACCA, Carriageworks and Mona. Selection criteria for the fellowship are for female-identifying artists working across visual media including performance and installation and an Australian citizen or resident. Any stage of practice is eligible from early career to established.

Image: Katthy Cavaliere, nest, 2010

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October 19, 2018

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2018 Winner

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, has announced New-York based, Sydney-born artist Tim Silver and his work Untitled (When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d 02) as the winner of the 18th annual acquisitive $20,000 Prize. Sydney-artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran was awarded the Special Commendation award valued at $2,000 and WA/Victorian-based artist Danielle Freakley receiving a special mention. The 2018 Mayors Award valued at $1,000 has been awarded to Lucinda Kirby.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, has announced New-York based, Sydney-born artist Tim Silver and his work Untitled (When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d 02) as the winner of the 18th annual acquisitive $20,000 Prize. Sydney-artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran was awarded the Special Commendation award valued at $2,000 and WA/Victorian-based artist Danielle Freakley receiving a special mention. The 2018 Mayors Award valued at $1,000 has been awarded to Lucinda Kirby.

The winners were chosen from a finalist group of 48 emerging and established artists by two guest judges: Australian arts administrator Michael Lynch AO CBE and Director of independent art advisory LoveArt, Amanda Love. All finalist works will be displayed as part of a free public exhibition from 20 October until 11 November 2018 at the Woollahra Council Chambers in Sydney.

Image: Tim Silver, Untitled (When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d 02). Courtesy of artist.

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October 11, 2018

Finalists for the inaugural Evelyn Chapman Art Award ($50,000) Announced

Perpetual, as Trustee, and the S.H. Ervin Gallery have announced seven artists as finalists for the inaugural Evelyn Chapman Art Award. This new award provides a $50,000 scholarship for an Australian painter, male or female under the age of 45, to ‘engender the encouragement, development and rewarding of artistic skill, through furthering the training and knowledge and skills of Australian painters.’ The 2018 Award winner will be announced on Thursday 25 October 2018 at the S.H.

Perpetual, as Trustee, and the S.H. Ervin Gallery have announced seven artists as finalists for the inaugural Evelyn Chapman Art Award. This new award provides a $50,000 scholarship for an Australian painter, male or female under the age of 45, to ‘engender the encouragement, development and rewarding of artistic skill, through furthering the training and knowledge and skills of Australian painters.’ The 2018 Award winner will be announced on Thursday 25 October 2018 at the S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney to coincide with Evelyn Chapman’s birthday, one hundred and thirty years after her birth.

The 2018 Evelyn Chapman Art Award finalists are: Fabrizio Biviano (VIC), Bridget Dolan (NSW), Frances Feasy (NSW), Amanda Marburg (VIC), Kate Stevens (NSW), Lilli Stromland (NSW), Liz Stute (VIC).

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October 4, 2018

MIKE PARR SOLO EXHIBITION ‘KINDNESS IS SO GANGSTER’ TO OPEN FRIDAY AT ANNA SCHWARTZ GALLERY

Image: MIKE PARR, KINDNESS IS SO GANGSTER, 2018 (installation view). 22 glass sculptures and wall drawing. Photography: Jacqui Shelton.
Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

A new solo exhibition by Mike Parr entitled KINDNESS IS SO GANGSTER opens at Anna Schwartz Gallery on Friday 5 October to 21 December 2018 as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2018.

Nineteen ‘heads’ have been scooped, kneaded and formed in clay hollowed out of dense blocks.

Image: MIKE PARR, KINDNESS IS SO GANGSTER, 2018 (installation view). 22 glass sculptures and wall drawing. Photography: Jacqui Shelton.
Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

A new solo exhibition by Mike Parr entitled KINDNESS IS SO GANGSTER opens at Anna Schwartz Gallery on Friday 5 October to 21 December 2018 as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2018.

Nineteen ‘heads’ have been scooped, kneaded and formed in clay hollowed out of dense blocks. The glass sculptures are blindly and randomly disposed, occupying the whole of the ground floor gallery space and accompanied by a wall drawing, also done blind. The ‘blind dimension’ of this work carries a powerful, far-reaching metaphorical resonance in relation to Parr’s Self Portrait Project, representing the moment when the work is cast into the nameless void of collectivity and history.

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September 24, 2018

Kaldor Public Art Projects Celebrates HALF A CENTURY IN THE PUBLIC EYE

In 2019 Kaldor Public Art Projects will celebrate 50 years of groundbreaking projects. The anniversary will recall and reimagine some of the most ambitious public art works to have been presented in Australia, through a major exhibition and a dynamic series of programs and events.

Half a Century in the Public Eye, an exhibition created by acclaimed British artist Michael Landy, will be presented as a collaboration between Kaldor Public Art Projects and the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), from 6 September 2019 until 16 February 2020.

In 2019 Kaldor Public Art Projects will celebrate 50 years of groundbreaking projects. The anniversary will recall and reimagine some of the most ambitious public art works to have been presented in Australia, through a major exhibition and a dynamic series of programs and events.

Half a Century in the Public Eye, an exhibition created by acclaimed British artist Michael Landy, will be presented as a collaboration between Kaldor Public Art Projects and the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), from 6 September 2019 until 16 February 2020.

The exhibition at the AGNSW will survey the rich history of Kaldor Public Art Projects through original artworks, archival materials and re-presentations of past projects. From Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Coast (1969), to Jeff Koons’ flower Puppy (1995), Marina Abramović’s In Residence (2015) and Jonathan Jones’ barrangal dyara (skin and bones) (2016), the exhibition revisits each of the past Kaldor Public Art Projects and brings them together for the first time.

Kaldor Public Art Projects presented its first project in 1969 with Christo and Jeanne- Claude’s iconic Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, and has since presented 32 public art projects, which have transformed the cultural landscape of Australia.

Image: Kaldor Public Art Project 1: Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, 28 October–14 December 1969. Photo: Harry Shunk

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September 24, 2018

Arent&Pyke shortlisted for Australia’s highest design accolade, the Rigg Design Prize 2018 presented by the National Gallery of Victoria

Leading Sydney-based interior design practice Arent&Pyke, led by Principals Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke, has been selected by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for the shortlist of the prestigious Rigg Design Prize 2018, the highest accolade for contemporary design in Australia.

The triennial prize, established in 1994, is awarded to an Australian design practice displaying outstanding creative achievements in contemporary design.

Arent&Pyke is one ten of the nation’s leading interior designers invited to present a single room installation within NGV Australia for consideration for the $30,000 Prize.

Leading Sydney-based interior design practice Arent&Pyke, led by Principals Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke, has been selected by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for the shortlist of the prestigious Rigg Design Prize 2018, the highest accolade for contemporary design in Australia.

The triennial prize, established in 1994, is awarded to an Australian design practice displaying outstanding creative achievements in contemporary design.

Arent&Pyke is one ten of the nation’s leading interior designers invited to present a single room installation within NGV Australia for consideration for the $30,000 Prize. Participants must design and craft a 40m2 single room installation that showcases their design aesthetic and responds to this year’s theme of ‘Domestic Living’.

New York-based architect and designer Shashi Caan, President of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers, will travel to Melbourne to judge the winner of the Prize to be publicly announced on 12 October 2018.

The shortlisted design practices will have their single room installations – which should be capable of transcending design’s functional qualities – showcased at NGV Australia as part of a public exhibition running from 12 October until 24 February 2019.

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September 21, 2018

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents KINDNESS IS SO GANGSTER, a solo exhibition by Mike Parr

Image – Mike Parr, KINDNESS IS SO GANGSTER, 2018 (detail)

Anna Schwartz Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Mike Parr entitled KINDNESS IS SO GANGSTER to be held from 5 October to 21 December 2018 as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2018.

This most recent development of Mike Parr’s historic ‘Self Portrait Project’ now investigates glass as a sculptural medium. These works are the result of a tremendous, continuous performance of ‘blind negative modelling’, in which the artist’s physical sight is replaced by other senses.

Image – Mike Parr, KINDNESS IS SO GANGSTER, 2018 (detail)

Anna Schwartz Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Mike Parr entitled KINDNESS IS SO GANGSTER to be held from 5 October to 21 December 2018 as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2018.

This most recent development of Mike Parr’s historic ‘Self Portrait Project’ now investigates glass as a sculptural medium. These works are the result of a tremendous, continuous performance of ‘blind negative modelling’, in which the artist’s physical sight is replaced by other senses. The notion of blindness is accentuated as the key, totalising dimension of the work, requiring the foregrounding of performance, the residue of which will also be part of the exhibition.

Nineteen ‘heads’ have been scooped, kneaded and formed in clay hollowed out of dense blocks. The glass sculptures will be blindly and randomly disposed, occupying the whole of the ground floor gallery space and will be accompanied by a wall drawing, also done blind, in which the artist will attempt to draw in repetition the simplest of ovoid shapes as a net across a portion of the main wall. The drawing is in red pastel with the dust and broken bits left in situ. These two performative installations will be videoed and included within the show as screens placed against two walls.

The other senses – including memory as a kind of meta-sense – are substituted for that of seeing. In abstaining from seeing the positives produced during this demanding process Parr cannot return to his ‘educated’ response as a visual artist. The ‘blind dimension’ of this work carries a powerful, far-reaching metaphorical resonance in relation to Parr’s Self Portrait Project, representing the moment when the work is cast into the nameless void of collectivity and history.

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September 21, 2018

Sydney Contemporary attracts 29,000 collectors and art enthusiasts and secures AUD$21million in artwork sales, representing highest short-term concentration of art sales in Australia annually

Image – The Golden Calf, Alex Seton, 2018. Photo by Jacqui Manning

The fourth edition of Australasia’s largest and most established art fair, Sydney Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary, 2018 secured AUD$21million in sales over five days at Carriageworks; an increase of $5million from 2017.

Approximately AUD$10million of the total 2018 sales will go to artists, demonstrating a powerful moment in the calendar year for artists to help ensure continuation of their practices, and a healthy boost for galleries to continue to support their artists.

Image – The Golden Calf, Alex Seton, 2018. Photo by Jacqui Manning

The fourth edition of Australasia’s largest and most established art fair, Sydney Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary, 2018 secured AUD$21million in sales over five days at Carriageworks; an increase of $5million from 2017.

Approximately AUD$10million of the total 2018 sales will go to artists, demonstrating a powerful moment in the calendar year for artists to help ensure continuation of their practices, and a healthy boost for galleries to continue to support their artists. Sydney Contemporary broke its own record of AUD$16 million of sales at the fair in 2017; the Fair represents the largest short-term concentration of art sales in Australia annually.

In 2018, Sydney Contemporary became an annual event and featured more than 80 galleries, presenting 300 leading and emerging local and international artists who installed museum quality artworks across the entire Carriageworks building, spanning seven large-scale exhibition spaces. Further sales are expected to be finalised in the coming days and weeks.

 

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September 18, 2018

Sydney Fringe Festival announces multi-sensory ‘feast for the senses’ dining experience at Kensington Street

Sydney Fringe Festival has announced details for its official closing party, The Last Supper, a multi-sensory outdoor dining experience that will transform Kensington Street, for one night only, into a feast for the senses. Held on Sunday 30 September from 5pm, the event will fill Chippendale’s Kensington Street precinct with live music, artworks, fire performances, snake charmers, rain dancers and tango whilst guests sample food from Kensington Street’s twelve restaurants or partake in an immersive three course multi-sensory dining experience.

Sydney Fringe Festival has announced details for its official closing party, The Last Supper, a multi-sensory outdoor dining experience that will transform Kensington Street, for one night only, into a feast for the senses. Held on Sunday 30 September from 5pm, the event will fill Chippendale’s Kensington Street precinct with live music, artworks, fire performances, snake charmers, rain dancers and tango whilst guests sample food from Kensington Street’s twelve restaurants or partake in an immersive three course multi-sensory dining experience.

At the centre of The Last Supper is an exclusive dining experience with restaurants Olio, Eastside, Mekong, Bistro Gavroche and Koi Dessert Bar presenting an intimate three course dinner package paired with wild entertainment. Featuring only two sittings per restaurant, these exclusive tickets will provide guests with an unrivalled view of the night’s festivities including roaming performers and participation. Tickets start at $60 and are strictly limited to 13 disciples per table, with two settings at 5.30pm and 7:30pm respectively.

Program highlights include being serenaded by award winning musical theatre performer Queenie van de Zandt and a performance from acclaimed modern flamenco ensemble Bandaluzia. Shaun McGarth returns to Fringe for a second year and will present a series of bespoke wigs commissioned especially for the event and worn by roaming models in a walking exhibition. Lighting Designer Benjamin Brockman will light up the historic terraces of Spice Alley and set the stage for an evening of live music, DJ and rising star Joan Banoit, Burlesque performances from Porcelain Alice and Diesel Darling, opera, performance art and more.

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September 4, 2018

Carriageworks presents NICK CAVE: UNTIL, the most ambitious project to date by the influential American artist

This November, Carriageworks unveils its most ambitious project to date, a major exhibition by acclaimed American artist Nick Cave, presented free to the public from 23 November 2018 until 3 March 2019.  NICK CAVE: UNTIL represents Carriageworks’ most substantial presentation of work by a solo artist and Nick Cave’s largest exhibition to date.

NICK CAVE: UNTIL, is the result of a partnership between Carriageworks, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, with the three organisations co-commissioning and co-presenting the project following four year’s development with the artist.

This November, Carriageworks unveils its most ambitious project to date, a major exhibition by acclaimed American artist Nick Cave, presented free to the public from 23 November 2018 until 3 March 2019.  NICK CAVE: UNTIL represents Carriageworks’ most substantial presentation of work by a solo artist and Nick Cave’s largest exhibition to date.

NICK CAVE: UNTIL, is the result of a partnership between Carriageworks, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, with the three organisations co-commissioning and co-presenting the project following four year’s development with the artist. In Australia the exhibition will be seen exclusively at Carriageworks.

A play on the phrase ‘innocent until proven guilty’, or in this case ‘guilty until proven innocent’, UNTIL began with a question Cave asked himself; ‘Is there racism in heaven?’  Rather than providing a direct answer, Cave offers us an experience, an immersive exhibition that addresses issues of race relations, gender politics and gun violence in America, and the resonance of these matters in communities around the world.

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August 31, 2018

Major Ben Quilty survey exhibition announced by Art Gallery of South Australia

The Art Gallery of South Australia today announces Quilty, the first major survey exhibition in a decade of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Ben Quilty. Developed by the Art Gallery of South Australia and curated by co-Acting Director Lisa Slade, the exhibition will be unveiled in Adelaide on 2 March 2019 before a year of touring to the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The Art Gallery of South Australia today announces Quilty, the first major survey exhibition in a decade of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Ben Quilty. Developed by the Art Gallery of South Australia and curated by co-Acting Director Lisa Slade, the exhibition will be unveiled in Adelaide on 2 March 2019 before a year of touring to the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Lisa Slade, Curator, Quilty and Co-Acting Director, Art Gallery of South Australia says ‘The exhibition presents a portrait of a socially engaged contemporary artist who is committed to art’s capacity to instigate change. Quilty’s subjects are never objectified, but always rendered through the lens of personal experience.

The exhibition extends from Quilty’s early reflections on the initiation rituals performed by young Australian men to his experience as an official war artist in Afghanistan and his campaign to save the lives of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. The exhibition also includes works inspired by Quilty’s visits with author Richard Flanagan to Lebanon, Lesbos and Serbia, his revisions of the Australian landscape, and raw, intimate portraits of himself, his family and his friends.

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August 31, 2018

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR UNVEIL THREE LARGE-SCALE ARTIST INSTALLATIONS AND COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCE BY SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY AT BARANGAROO

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with Barangaroo Delivery Authority, have unveiled three works by Contemporary visual artists who have created site specific works that will sit throughout Barangaroo’s financial, retail and dining precinct in the lead up and during the Fair from the 20th August – 24th September.

Monument #32: Helter Shelter by Callum Morton is a piece of temporary minor architecture, akin in scale to a bus shelter or a parade float.

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with Barangaroo Delivery Authority, have unveiled three works by Contemporary visual artists who have created site specific works that will sit throughout Barangaroo’s financial, retail and dining precinct in the lead up and during the Fair from the 20th August – 24th September.

Monument #32: Helter Shelter by Callum Morton is a piece of temporary minor architecture, akin in scale to a bus shelter or a parade float. Half of the shelter bears the unmistakable characteristics of Donald Trump rising out of the ground and the other half forms a space for seating and cover from the weather. This voiceless, hollowed out, fun fair head, that reminds one of the famous Luna Park entrance across the harbour, conscripts the image of the current American President to play a role in our everyday lives by providing a place to rest and be protected.

Mel O’Callaghan presents Breath repertoire, 2018, a breath-work performance for Sydney Contemporary, 2018 activating the public forum at Exchange Place, Barangaroo. A rhythmic breath repertoire, performed by dancers of Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-professional Year 2018 and musicians Clare Cooper and Verna Lee, is choreographed by the intersecting lines of the forum and accompaniment of a percussive harp. Considering the rich history and contemporary significance of the Barangaroo site, Mel O’Callaghan asks how a poetry of the body in highly urbanised space might play out, informed by the primal breath as an elemental form of knowledge and knowing.

Cameron Robbins’ Remote Sensor, 2018 works to make tangible the underlying structures and rhythms of natural forces. Using his wind-powered drawing instruments on site, Robbins’ installation transcribes the invisible energies of nature, the wind, and light to create drawings, photographs, and moving image works along the foreshore of Barangaroo.

 

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August 20, 2018

Exhibiting artists revealed for The National 2019: New Australian Art

The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) have announced that The National 2019: New Australian Art will present the work of 65 emerging, mid-career and established Australian contemporary artists living across the country and abroad.

A major collaborative venture, The National 2019 is the second edition of a six-year initiative presented in 2017, 2019 and 2021, exploring the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) have announced that The National 2019: New Australian Art will present the work of 65 emerging, mid-career and established Australian contemporary artists living across the country and abroad.

A major collaborative venture, The National 2019 is the second edition of a six-year initiative presented in 2017, 2019 and 2021, exploring the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art.

Connecting three of Sydney’s key cultural precincts – The Domain, Redfern and Circular Quay – The National 2019 follows a successful first edition of the exhibition held in the autumn of 2017 that attracted 286,631 visitors.

The 2019 exhibition is curated by AGNSW Curator of Photographs, Isobel Parker Philip; Carriageworks Senior Curator of Visual Arts, Daniel Mudie Cunningham; and MCA Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections and Exhibitions, Clothilde Bullen with MCA Curator, Anna Davis.

Image: Troy-Anthony Baylis, Postcard (Bella and Cherry), 2010, reconstructed faux-mesh, 167 x 97 cm

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August 6, 2018

Sydney Architecture Festival 2018 announces program and welcomes New York-based architectural critic, writer, editor Karen Stein as Orator for World Architecture Day

The 12th annual Sydney Architecture Festival returns to the heart of the city this September, with events unfolding over four days from Friday 28 September until Monday 1 October 2018. The Festival presents a program of talks, tours and exhibits exploring ‘what makes a building truly great’ from Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 September and is bookended by The Architecture Symposium, presented for the first time in Sydney on Friday 28 September, and the annual World Architecture Day Oration on Monday 1 October.

The 12th annual Sydney Architecture Festival returns to the heart of the city this September, with events unfolding over four days from Friday 28 September until Monday 1 October 2018. The Festival presents a program of talks, tours and exhibits exploring ‘what makes a building truly great’ from Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 September and is bookended by The Architecture Symposium, presented for the first time in Sydney on Friday 28 September, and the annual World Architecture Day Oration on Monday 1 October.

2018 marks the centenary of Jørn Utzon’s birth, 45 years since the opening of Sydney Opera House, the 30th anniversary of Canberra’s Parliament House, and one hundred years of the architecture program at the University of Sydney. These major milestones underpin a weekend program of talks and events that explore the heritage and future of two of the greatest examples of our built environment, with all talks to be held in the Utzon Room of Sydney Opera House.

New York based critic, writer, editor and architectural consultant Karen Stein delivers this year’s World Architecture Day Oration on Monday 1 October, in the Utzon Room of Sydney Opera House. Drawing on almost decade of experience as a juror of The Pritkzer Architecture Prize and as editor and contributor to some of the most respected design publishers and publications including Phaidon Press and Architecture Record, Stein explores the fundamentals of architecture as a public act – asking what is architecture? Who makes architecture? And why is it meaningful?

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August 3, 2018

Sydney Contemporary announces over 25 Australian and international artists for its anticipated Installation Contemporary and Performance Contemporary programs

Sydney Contemporary, presented by Deutsche Bank and Carriageworks, one of Australasia’s most significant and celebrated art events on the cultural calendar, has announced over 25 Australian and international artists for their Installation Contemporary and Performance Contemporary programs. Spanning a range of mediums from painting and sculpture, sound and ceramics, through to installation and video, as well as performances, the artists will present ambitious, large-scale and interactive works across the entire Carriageworks multi-arts precinct in Redfern, Sydney for the Fair being presented from 13 to 16 September 2018.

Sydney Contemporary, presented by Deutsche Bank and Carriageworks, one of Australasia’s most significant and celebrated art events on the cultural calendar, has announced over 25 Australian and international artists for their Installation Contemporary and Performance Contemporary programs. Spanning a range of mediums from painting and sculpture, sound and ceramics, through to installation and video, as well as performances, the artists will present ambitious, large-scale and interactive works across the entire Carriageworks multi-arts precinct in Redfern, Sydney for the Fair being presented from 13 to 16 September 2018.

Now approaching its fourth edition, Sydney Contemporary welcomes Installation Contemporary back this year as one of the significant highlights of the Fair, presenting Australian and international artists, whose innovative and often site-specific installations range from the handcrafted to the digital.

Performance Contemporary will showcase bold performance pieces for this year’s Sydney Contemporary by artists including Lauren Brincat, Michaela Davies, River Lin, Julie-Anne Long and Emily Parsons-Lord. Performance Space curators Jeff Khan (Artistic Director) and Tulleah Pearce (Program Manager) have curated a program that will take place throughout Carriageworks over the four Fair days, with the greatest concentration of performative events on Opening Night on Thursday 13 September.

Image: Julie-Anne Long, The Invisible. Image Heidrun Lohr, courtesy of Sydney Contemporary

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August 3, 2018

New work to feature in Charles Blackman – The Evening is The Morning exhibition to celebrate the artist’s 90th year

Australian artist Charles Blackman’s daughters Christabel Blackman and Bertie Blackman have been newly appointed co-managers of the Charles Blackman Foundation.

Blackman’s artistic practice spans painting, prints, drawing, sculpture and tapestry, using his multidisciplinary approach to explore the female psyche, poetry, music, aesthetic philosophies and the mysticism of cats. In The Evening is the Morning Blackman brings these familiars forward through bronze maquettes and illustrations from Mark Twain’s A Cat’s Tale. WATCH AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTABEL & BERTIE 

Australian artist Charles Blackman’s daughters Christabel Blackman and Bertie Blackman have been newly appointed co-managers of the Charles Blackman Foundation.

Blackman’s artistic practice spans painting, prints, drawing, sculpture and tapestry, using his multidisciplinary approach to explore the female psyche, poetry, music, aesthetic philosophies and the mysticism of cats. In The Evening is the Morning Blackman brings these familiars forward through bronze maquettes and illustrations from Mark Twain’s A Cat’s Tale. WATCH AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTABEL & BERTIE 

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August 2, 2018

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2018 finalists

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, today announced 48 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 18th annual Prize and exhibition. The finalist group was selected from 666 entries this year including artists from Australia, India and the United Kingdom, highlighting the Prize’s growing international reputation.

The innovative submissions – each for a freestanding sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension – were selected by a judging panel comprised of Australian arts administrator Michael Lynch AO CBE and Director of independent art advisory LoveArt, Amanda Love.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, today announced 48 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 18th annual Prize and exhibition. The finalist group was selected from 666 entries this year including artists from Australia, India and the United Kingdom, highlighting the Prize’s growing international reputation.

The innovative submissions – each for a freestanding sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension – were selected by a judging panel comprised of Australian arts administrator Michael Lynch AO CBE and Director of independent art advisory LoveArt, Amanda Love.

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July 31, 2018

Sydney Fringe Festival Announces Most Ambitious Program to date with +400 international and local shows presented across 21 postcodes

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, has revealed its most ambitious program yet including a take-over of the Oxford Street precinct and areas of greater Sydney. Presented from 1 until 30 September, Fringe highlights the city’s vibrant culture, with a diverse program spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical theatre, dance, circus, literature and poetry. More than 400 shows will be offered including 120 world premieres, 142 Australian premieres and a further 170 Sydney premieres.

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, has revealed its most ambitious program yet including a take-over of the Oxford Street precinct and areas of greater Sydney. Presented from 1 until 30 September, Fringe highlights the city’s vibrant culture, with a diverse program spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical theatre, dance, circus, literature and poetry. More than 400 shows will be offered including 120 world premieres, 142 Australian premieres and a further 170 Sydney premieres.

The 2018 program – including performances, exhibitions, large-scale events, a festival club and more – will be presented across six festival hubs around the city this September taking over streets, shop fronts and venues, inviting audiences to engage with ‘what’s new’.

Tickets are available at sydneyfringe.com

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July 26, 2018

CARRIAGEWORKS AND SYDNEY CHAMBER OPERA PRESENT SYDNEY PREMIERE OF RESONANT BODIES, AN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF NEW VOCAL MUSIC

Sydney Chamber Opera and Carriageworks, in association with Resonant Bodies (USA), has announced the full program for the first Sydney iteration of Resonant Bodies, an international festival of new vocal music founded in New York in 2013 by American singer Lucy Dhegrae.

This exclusive Australian event presents six dynamic vocalists across two nights on 31 August and 1 September. Swedish-Ethiopian composer-improviser Sofia Jernberg, Indonesian vocalist Rully Shabara, New York soprano Ariadne Greif, and Australian vocalists Mitchell Riley, Deborah Kayser and Sonya Holowell are invited to curate and perform in their own 45-minute sets, with no restrictions on repertoire, format, or style. 

Sydney Chamber Opera and Carriageworks, in association with Resonant Bodies (USA), has announced the full program for the first Sydney iteration of Resonant Bodies, an international festival of new vocal music founded in New York in 2013 by American singer Lucy Dhegrae.

This exclusive Australian event presents six dynamic vocalists across two nights on 31 August and 1 September. Swedish-Ethiopian composer-improviser Sofia Jernberg, Indonesian vocalist Rully Shabara, New York soprano Ariadne Greif, and Australian vocalists Mitchell Riley, Deborah Kayser and Sonya Holowell are invited to curate and perform in their own 45-minute sets, with no restrictions on repertoire, format, or style. Sydney-based theatre director and lighting designer Alexander Berlage is the visual director for the Festival, with sound design by composer and technologist Benjamin Carey. Now in its sixth year, Resonant Bodies has made a significant contribution to contemporary new music. ‘An immersion in experimental vocal music, this Festival is as artist-focused as a festival gets’ – New York Times.

Local Resonant Bodies co-directors Jessica Aszodi and Jane Sheldon performed in the NYC Festival and describe Resonant Bodies as a festival that is also a community: ‘Co-directing the Australian iteration of the festival has given us the chance to make links across far-flung geographies, connecting artists from different backgrounds who might otherwise rarely come into contact, but who share common philosophies. We all use our voices to push boundaries. Resonant Bodies’ two-day program will leave audiences stunned by what the human voice can do.’

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July 23, 2018

Sydney Fringe Festival announces 2018 Fringe Ambassadors and reveals custom clothing print by Frida Las Vegas inspired by Sydney’s local icons

Sydney Fringe Festival, the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales, has announced four Fringe Ambassadors for 2018 who will curate and contribute to a series of specialist hubs focused on music, physical theatre, dance and performance. The Fringe Ambassadors are: award-winning musician Thelma Plum; acclaimed physical performers Andy Dexterity and Joshua Thomson; and multi-talented singer; and actor Emily Havea.

The 2018 Fringe Ambassadors bring their expertise and vision to specialist hubs, curating programs and, in some instances, performing at select events, as the Festival activates inner Sydney’s Oxford Street Precinct and areas around the city from 1 until 30 September.

Sydney Fringe Festival, the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales, has announced four Fringe Ambassadors for 2018 who will curate and contribute to a series of specialist hubs focused on music, physical theatre, dance and performance. The Fringe Ambassadors are: award-winning musician Thelma Plum; acclaimed physical performers Andy Dexterity and Joshua Thomson; and multi-talented singer; and actor Emily Havea.

The 2018 Fringe Ambassadors bring their expertise and vision to specialist hubs, curating programs and, in some instances, performing at select events, as the Festival activates inner Sydney’s Oxford Street Precinct and areas around the city from 1 until 30 September.

Sydney Fringe have also revealed a custom Sydney Fringe print, designed by acclaimed designer, creative director and maker, Stavroula Adameitis of Frida Las Vegas.  The print features unmistakable local icons: the Sydney Opera House, Kings Cross Coke sign, and an ibis atop a palm tree. Katie-Louise Nicol-Ford, one half of the ethical fashion label Nicol & Ford, has designed two vintage-inspired looks worn by two of the 2018 Sydney Fringe Ambassadors, Emily Havea and Joshua Thomson, to celebrate all things Sydney.

Image: Ambassadors Emily Havea and Joshua Thomson wearing custom Fringe print. Images courtesy of Sydney Fringe Festival

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July 13, 2018

Sydney Fringe Festival announces international line-up for specialist hubs with acts from Asia, Europe, New Zealand and Australia

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, has announced the inaugural Archie Rose Touring Hub to present award-winning performances touring from Fringe festivals around the world and the inaugural Legs Hub of circus and physical theatre showcasing Australia’s only Indigenous contemporary circus ensemble. The Festival’s 2018 Touring Hub will feature nine touring theatre works from five countries and will take place in the Old 505 Theatre, Newtown. In partnership with legendary physical theatre company Legs on The Wall at the Red Box in Lillyfield, the Legs Hub will present shows curated by the company’s Artistic Director Joshua Thomson, a pop-up bar, workshops and more.

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, has announced the inaugural Archie Rose Touring Hub to present award-winning performances touring from Fringe festivals around the world and the inaugural Legs Hub of circus and physical theatre showcasing Australia’s only Indigenous contemporary circus ensemble. The Festival’s 2018 Touring Hub will feature nine touring theatre works from five countries and will take place in the Old 505 Theatre, Newtown. In partnership with legendary physical theatre company Legs on The Wall at the Red Box in Lillyfield, the Legs Hub will present shows curated by the company’s Artistic Director Joshua Thomson, a pop-up bar, workshops and more.

The inaugural Archie Rose Touring Hub in 2018, follows the Festival’s 2017 International Touring Fund initiative that enabled the community to make tax-deductible donations to the festival to support international works from other Fringe festivals tour to Sydney. As a result, 2018 has seen the touring program grow substantially in size and stature featuring acts from around the world.

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July 12, 2018

Sydney Contemporary announces partnership with Barangaroo Delivery Authority to create three large-scale site specific commissioned works by leading artists Callum Morton, Mel O’Callaghan and Cameron Robbins

Sydney Contemporary has announced a partnership with Barangaroo Delivery Authority for three leading artists, Callum Morton, Mel O’Callaghan and Cameron Robbins to create large-scale, site-specific installation works that will sit throughout Barangaroo’s financial, retail and dining precinct in the lead-up and during the fair from the 20th August – 24th September.

Callum Morton was born in Montreal, Canada and now lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Morton has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1990. 

Sydney Contemporary has announced a partnership with Barangaroo Delivery Authority for three leading artists, Callum Morton, Mel O’Callaghan and Cameron Robbins to create large-scale, site-specific installation works that will sit throughout Barangaroo’s financial, retail and dining precinct in the lead-up and during the fair from the 20th August – 24th September.

Callum Morton was born in Montreal, Canada and now lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Morton has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1990. His practice is inspired by architecture and human interaction with designed spaces and facades. For this project, Callum will be creating a Shelter that will protrude from the pavement creating shelter for the passers-by.

Mel O’Callaghan was born in Sydney, Australia and now lives and works in Paris, France. O’Callaghan is a contemporary artist who works across film, video, performance, painting and installation. Mel O’Callaghan presents a new large-scale floor installation and movement-based performance at Barangaroo. Bold, graphic and monumental lines will intersect across the forum pavement of the Barangaroo site, in a coordinated composition — at once a language and musical score guiding the body through an intensive breathwork performance. The ritualistic movement directed by the lines and arcs of the floor transform both the presence of performers and the public within the Barangaroo space.

Cameron Robbins was born in Melbourne, Australia and now works and lives in Castlemaine, Australia. Using his wind-powered drawing instruments on site, Cameron Robbins will transcribe the invisible energies of nature, the wind, the tides and light to create drawings, photographs, and moving image works along the foreshore of Barangaroo.

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July 7, 2018

French conceptual artist Daniel Buren presents major installation at Carriageworks

Acclaimed French conceptual artist Daniel Buren is presenting the Australian premiere of his large-scale installation ‘Like Child’s Play’ at Carriageworks from 7 July until 12 August 2018. The work represents the fourth major international artist project in the Schwartz Carriageworks series.

Inspired by German educational theorist Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel’s famous children’s wooden block toys, the work features 100 upscaled blocks, arches, triangles and pediments.

Buren arranges the works to create sight lines through the space.

Acclaimed French conceptual artist Daniel Buren is presenting the Australian premiere of his large-scale installation ‘Like Child’s Play’ at Carriageworks from 7 July until 12 August 2018. The work represents the fourth major international artist project in the Schwartz Carriageworks series.

Inspired by German educational theorist Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel’s famous children’s wooden block toys, the work features 100 upscaled blocks, arches, triangles and pediments.

Buren arranges the works to create sight lines through the space. When we look into the void of one object we are looking through a tunnel made of several blocks lined by Buren’s iconic stripes, each 8.7cm wide, which the artist has featured in his work since the mid 1960s.

While half the exhibition space is a riot of colour, this is juxtaposed with the minimalist look of the other half with its white floor and white blocks. The neat geometric forms of Buren’s work will sit against the vast scale of Carriageworks.

Image: Daniel Buren, Like Child’s Play, Carriageworks, Image Zan Wimberley 2018

 

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July 4, 2018

Carriageworks presents Australian premiere of large-scale installation by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda

Carriageworks presents the Australian premiere of two large-scale audio-visual installations by acclaimed Japanese electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda. The free exhibition, titled micro | macro, explores the intersection of art and quantum physics and will be the third major installation presented by the artist at the Redfern-based multi-arts institution, running from 4 July – 29 July 2018.

Presented in a theatrical context and covering 172.8 square metres of exhibition space inside Carriageworks, the first work titled the planck universe [micro] explores the building blocks of matter and is a representation of nature that is infinitesimally small, brought to human scale by enlarging it by a measure of 10-35m

The second installation in the exhibition, the planck universe [macro], features an immense wall projection over 10 metres tall, that seeks to depict nature, scanned from human scale to the cosmological scale beyond our observable universe.

Carriageworks presents the Australian premiere of two large-scale audio-visual installations by acclaimed Japanese electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda. The free exhibition, titled micro | macro, explores the intersection of art and quantum physics and will be the third major installation presented by the artist at the Redfern-based multi-arts institution, running from 4 July – 29 July 2018.

Presented in a theatrical context and covering 172.8 square metres of exhibition space inside Carriageworks, the first work titled the planck universe [micro] explores the building blocks of matter and is a representation of nature that is infinitesimally small, brought to human scale by enlarging it by a measure of 10-35m

The second installation in the exhibition, the planck universe [macro], features an immense wall projection over 10 metres tall, that seeks to depict nature, scanned from human scale to the cosmological scale beyond our observable universe. The installation explores expressive new forms at the frontier of the visual arts and promises to immerse visitors.

Images: Ryoji Ikeda, micro | macro, Carriageworks. Image Zan Wimberly 2018

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July 2, 2018

ARTSPACE ANNOUNCES NEXT SERIES OF ARTISTS INCLUDING AUSTRALIANS MIKE PARR AND VERNON AH KEE TO OCCUPY ONLINE SPACE FOR 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS IN RESPONSE TO URGENT POLITICAL ISSUES OF OUR TIME

Artspace have announced the next series of actions by artists in the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS series, including leading Australian artists Mike Parr and Vernon Ah Kee, artists from Tibet, Cambodia, Pakistan, China, New Caledonia, Afghanistan, Mauritius and more, and collectives including pvi collective, FAFSWAG and the Refugee Art Project. The exhibition sees the creation of 52 artworks in 52 unique locations throughout Asia that are shared globally via Instagram @52artists52actions and online at 52artists52actions.com generating a continuously unfolding archive of creative responses to everything from the refugee crisis and mass migration to the impacts of climate change around the world.

Artspace have announced the next series of actions by artists in the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS series, including leading Australian artists Mike Parr and Vernon Ah Kee, artists from Tibet, Cambodia, Pakistan, China, New Caledonia, Afghanistan, Mauritius and more, and collectives including pvi collective, FAFSWAG and the Refugee Art Project. The exhibition sees the creation of 52 artworks in 52 unique locations throughout Asia that are shared globally via Instagram @52artists52actions and online at 52artists52actions.com generating a continuously unfolding archive of creative responses to everything from the refugee crisis and mass migration to the impacts of climate change around the world.

52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS is curated and instigated by Artspace in Sydney, working with an extensive network of artists, collaborators and agitators from across Asia. Every week from January 2018 – January 2019 Artspace invites a different artist to respond to a current political or social issue in the form of an action (anything and everything that artists use to communicate: from an artwork to a tour or community event, an image, a shared meal, a performance, or a temporary installation) to build awareness around important concerns locally and globally.

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June 30, 2018

Bundanon Trust receives $8.592 million from NSW Regional Cultural Fund to build new contemporary art gallery at Boyd’s Riversdale property

Deputy Premier John Barilaro, the Minister for Regional New South Wales, and Don Harwin, the NSW Minister for the Arts, have announced a foundational grant of $8.592 million towards realising Bundanon Trust’s Masterplan to house and display its collection and expand its children’s education programs. A light-filled contemporary art gallery embedded in the landscape sits at the heart of the expansion plans for Bundanon Trust on the NSW south coast, gifted to the nation by renowned Australia artist Arthur Boyd and his wife Yvonne in 1993.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro, the Minister for Regional New South Wales, and Don Harwin, the NSW Minister for the Arts, have announced a foundational grant of $8.592 million towards realising Bundanon Trust’s Masterplan to house and display its collection and expand its children’s education programs. A light-filled contemporary art gallery embedded in the landscape sits at the heart of the expansion plans for Bundanon Trust on the NSW south coast, gifted to the nation by renowned Australia artist Arthur Boyd and his wife Yvonne in 1993.

$8.592 million, the largest allocation from the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund, will enable the building of the gallery and storage component of the project, designed to display and house the Bundanon Trust’s $43 million art collection. This tranche of government funds will contribute to the $28.5 million required to complete the project.

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June 25, 2018

TWT Creative Precinct provides rare inner-Sydney studio space for leading Australian contemporary artists

At a time when inner-city artists’ studios are scarce and artists are being pushed further and further away from the city, TWT Creative Precinct in St Leonards has offered valuable studio space to some of Australia’s leading contemporary visual artists including Abdul Abdullah and Caroline Rothwell.

Abdullah and Rothwell are currently working out of their expansive 50-metre square studio spaces within the TWT Creative Precinct, each offering vast windows and natural light essential for the artists to further their practice.

At a time when inner-city artists’ studios are scarce and artists are being pushed further and further away from the city, TWT Creative Precinct in St Leonards has offered valuable studio space to some of Australia’s leading contemporary visual artists including Abdul Abdullah and Caroline Rothwell.

Abdullah and Rothwell are currently working out of their expansive 50-metre square studio spaces within the TWT Creative Precinct, each offering vast windows and natural light essential for the artists to further their practice.

The studio space is part of a dynamic artistic community that is thriving at the TWT Creative Precinct in St Leonards, supporting local artistic talent. The studios are one of only a few options artists have left in close proximity to the city centre.

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June 22, 2018

Pinchgut Opera premieres Handel’s Athalia, performed for the first time in Australia

Maestro Erin Helyard describes the composer as “a poet of the human heart” and the richly dramatic opera as “a hotbed of intrigue and devious characters”.

Australia’s only Baroque opera company, the acclaimed Pinchgut Opera, presents their striking new production of Handel’s Athalia at City Recital Hall Sydney, with four performances from 21 until 26 June 2018. Directed by Lindy Hume, with design by Melanie Liertz, lighting by Matthew Marshall, and with Pinchgut Artistic Director Erin Helyard conducting from the harpsichord, this production reunites much of the phenomenal creative team from Pinchgut’s 2016 lauded production of Handel’s Theodora.

Maestro Erin Helyard describes the composer as “a poet of the human heart” and the richly dramatic opera as “a hotbed of intrigue and devious characters”.

Australia’s only Baroque opera company, the acclaimed Pinchgut Opera, presents their striking new production of Handel’s Athalia at City Recital Hall Sydney, with four performances from 21 until 26 June 2018. Directed by Lindy Hume, with design by Melanie Liertz, lighting by Matthew Marshall, and with Pinchgut Artistic Director Erin Helyard conducting from the harpsichord, this production reunites much of the phenomenal creative team from Pinchgut’s 2016 lauded production of Handel’s Theodora. Debuting for Pinchgut in Athalia are Australian-born soprano Emma Pearson in the title role, South African-born countertenor Clint van der Linde taking the role of Joad and thirteen-year-old Freddy Shaw as Joas. Other artists include Pinchgut favourites Miriam Allan, Brenton Spiteri and David Greco.

The powerful plot tells of the high priest Joad attempting to overthrow the despotic regime of the murderous and ambitious Athalia.  Athalia deals with powerful psychological themes and personal dilemmas: an unstable queen visited by nightmares of her mother, Jezabel, a religious couple concealing a royal child, and a general with divided political loyalties. A central part of the drama is the relationship between the two women – Queen Athalia and Josabeth, wife of Joad, who is raising the boy king Joas.

Image – Robert Catto

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June 19, 2018

Brook Andrew appointed Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney

The Biennale of Sydney has announced Australian artist Brook Andrew as the Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney to be held in 2020.

Kate Mills, Chairman of the Biennale of Sydney, said: “The artist is at the centre of our work at the Biennale of Sydney. We are therefore delighted to announce the appointment of one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, Brook Andrew, as Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney.

The Biennale of Sydney has announced Australian artist Brook Andrew as the Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney to be held in 2020.

Kate Mills, Chairman of the Biennale of Sydney, said: “The artist is at the centre of our work at the Biennale of Sydney. We are therefore delighted to announce the appointment of one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, Brook Andrew, as Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney. He has consistently modelled national and global collaboration and the sharing of knowledge in both his artistic and exhibition-making practice.”

In addition, the Biennale announced that in 2018, the exhibition attracted record visitations of more than 850,000, representing the highest level in the Biennale’s 45-year history.

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June 4, 2018

Judges announced for Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2018

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent national award for small sculpture presented by Woollahra Council, has announced two new guest judges for 2018 along with a prize pool of $24,000. A free exhibition of finalist works for the 18th annual Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize will be presented from 19 October until 11 November 2018 at the historic Woollahra Council Chambers in Double Bay, Sydney.

The 2018 Prize judges will be respected Australian arts administrator Michael Lynch AO CBE, whose previous roles have included Director of Sydney Opera House, CEO of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong and Chief Executive of London’s Southbank Centre.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent national award for small sculpture presented by Woollahra Council, has announced two new guest judges for 2018 along with a prize pool of $24,000. A free exhibition of finalist works for the 18th annual Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize will be presented from 19 October until 11 November 2018 at the historic Woollahra Council Chambers in Double Bay, Sydney.

The 2018 Prize judges will be respected Australian arts administrator Michael Lynch AO CBE, whose previous roles have included Director of Sydney Opera House, CEO of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong and Chief Executive of London’s Southbank Centre. Mr Lynch will be joined by Amanda Love, Director of independent Art Advisory Loveart, Artspace board member and former board member of the Biennale of Sydney. The Love private collection of international and Australian contemporary art was exhibited at Casula Powerhouse Museum in 2011.

 

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June 1, 2018

Chenchow Little’s Rosebery Office for Bresic Whitney Shortlisted for AIA 2018 NSW Architecture Awards

Award-winning architects Chenchow Little’s fourth project with lifestyle property group BresicWhitney has been shortlisted by the Australian Institute of Architects for a 2018 NSW Architecture Award. The project is one of 12 up for an award in the Interior Architecture category. The awards will be announced on Friday 6 July.

The new Rosebery office is located in a small warehouse tenancy that forms part of ‘The Cannery’ precinct, which is revitalising one of Sydney’s first model industrial suburbs and is home to the likes of Koskela, Black Star Pastry, Three Blue Ducks and Archie Rose Distilling Company.

Award-winning architects Chenchow Little’s fourth project with lifestyle property group BresicWhitney has been shortlisted by the Australian Institute of Architects for a 2018 NSW Architecture Award. The project is one of 12 up for an award in the Interior Architecture category. The awards will be announced on Friday 6 July.

The new Rosebery office is located in a small warehouse tenancy that forms part of ‘The Cannery’ precinct, which is revitalising one of Sydney’s first model industrial suburbs and is home to the likes of Koskela, Black Star Pastry, Three Blue Ducks and Archie Rose Distilling Company. The office is a study in the art of opposites where raw, industrial forms are softened by circular shapes and fluid, theatrical drapery. Working within a heritage overlay, the office interior is designed as a theatre set, without solid walls, to respect the existing building fabric including the original exposed beams, trusses, roofline and brickwork.

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May 30, 2018

Australasia’s premier international art fair Sydney Contemporary announces 2018 gallery list

Sydney Contemporary today announced over 70 Australian and International galleries participating in the fourth edition of Australasia’s premier art fair, to be presented at multi-arts precinct Carriageworks from Thursday 13 until Sunday 16 September 2018. Sydney Contemporary – Australasia’s largest and most diverse art fair – is now an annual event, in line with major international art fairs around the world, with the 2018 participating galleries list hailing from six continents and featuring artists from 32 countries.

Sydney Contemporary today announced over 70 Australian and International galleries participating in the fourth edition of Australasia’s premier art fair, to be presented at multi-arts precinct Carriageworks from Thursday 13 until Sunday 16 September 2018. Sydney Contemporary – Australasia’s largest and most diverse art fair – is now an annual event, in line with major international art fairs around the world, with the 2018 participating galleries list hailing from six continents and featuring artists from 32 countries.

For the first time in 2018, Sydney Contemporary will welcome one of the world’s leading contemporary galleries, Pace Gallery, with bases in New York, Hong Kong, London, Beijing, Seoul, Palo Alto and Geneva, whilst Flowers Gallery of London and New York also debuts at the Fair in 2018. Returning galleries include Sydney’s Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, OLSEN and Sullivan+Strumpf; Melbourne’s Tolarno Galleries and ARC ONE Gallery; Auckland’s Gow Langsford Gallery and STARKWHITE; Sundaram Tagore Gallery of Hong Kong, New York and Singapore; and Singapore’s Yavuz Gallery.

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May 26, 2018

Sydney Fringe Festival 2018 announces take-over of Sydney’s Oxford Street​

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, today announced its most ambitious program yet including a take-over of the entire Oxford Street precinct for a month-long party. Presented from 1 until 30 September, for the first time in 2018 the Fringe will program performances, exhibitions, large-scale events, a festival club and more, in venues on and surrounding Oxford Street in inner Sydney. There will also be activations in the empty storefronts along the strip, continuing the Sydney Fringe Festival’s passion for enlivening Sydney’s unused spaces.

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, today announced its most ambitious program yet including a take-over of the entire Oxford Street precinct for a month-long party. Presented from 1 until 30 September, for the first time in 2018 the Fringe will program performances, exhibitions, large-scale events, a festival club and more, in venues on and surrounding Oxford Street in inner Sydney. There will also be activations in the empty storefronts along the strip, continuing the Sydney Fringe Festival’s passion for enlivening Sydney’s unused spaces.

Highlighting the city’s vibrant culture, Fringe will bring life to Sydney suburbs with a diverse program spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical theatre, dance, circus, literature and poetry. The 2018 program will feature six festival hubs across the city this September, including its Oxford Street Hub, Liverpool Hub in Western Sydney, Circus Hub, Touring Hub, Dance Hub and Emerging Artist Hub.

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May 25, 2018

The collection of one of Australia’s most avid collectors and generous patrons to be auctioned by Bonhams Sydney

Bonhams Australia is delighted to be offering the Australian art collection of the Late Michael Hobbs OAM to market in June. Michael was an avid collector, generous benefactor and friend to many and his collection is a testament to a lifelong passion. Spanning works from the 1960s through to present day, Michael collected vigorously and in-depth, often making gifts of works to public institutions or supporting avant-garde projects. Considered a friend by many leading Australian artists, in January of 2017, Michael was recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the visual arts as a supporter and benefactor.

Bonhams Australia is delighted to be offering the Australian art collection of the Late Michael Hobbs OAM to market in June. Michael was an avid collector, generous benefactor and friend to many and his collection is a testament to a lifelong passion. Spanning works from the 1960s through to present day, Michael collected vigorously and in-depth, often making gifts of works to public institutions or supporting avant-garde projects. Considered a friend by many leading Australian artists, in January of 2017, Michael was recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the visual arts as a supporter and benefactor.

Michael’s collection is testament to his huge range in taste and a lifetime of collecting with works of all media ranging from the some of his first pieces to his last bought in January 2018. Some of Michael’s earliest acquisitions from Gallery A in the 1960s are on offer including an important work by Ralph Balson, Painting no. 36, 1956 (estimate: $80,000 – 120,000) and a handsome Robert Klippel bronze construction. It is Michael’s passion for sculpture that is evident throughout the collection, with works by Bronwyn Oliver, Caroline Rothwell, Alex Seton, and Nell together with paintings by Cressida Campbell, Rosalie Gascoigne, Nicholas Harding, and Narelle Jubelin.

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May 14, 2018

21st Biennale of Sydney – one month countdown

The 21st Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, has entered its final month and will conclude on Monday 11 June 2018. With 70 artists from 35 countries presented across seven venues across inner Sydney, the art team at Biennale Principal Partner TWT Property Group offers tips on how to explore the exhibition over a weekend.

The guide is for Biennale visitors wishing to experience a taste of all seven venues with suggestions from Ariel Zhang, Manager of Arts Initiatives at TWT and Natalia Bradshaw, TWT’s Art Advisor and Curator.

The 21st Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, has entered its final month and will conclude on Monday 11 June 2018. With 70 artists from 35 countries presented across seven venues across inner Sydney, the art team at Biennale Principal Partner TWT Property Group offers tips on how to explore the exhibition over a weekend.

The guide is for Biennale visitors wishing to experience a taste of all seven venues with suggestions from Ariel Zhang, Manager of Arts Initiatives at TWT and Natalia Bradshaw, TWT’s Art Advisor and Curator.

Ariel Zhang, Manager of Arts Initiatives at TWT identified her must-see work as Law of the Journey, Ai Weiwei’s vast 60-metre long inflatable boat located downs the steps in the docks precinct: “Filled with 258 sculptures of anonymous refugees, it is created from the same material used for the vessels that ferry refugees across the Mediterranean Sea to Greece. Take time to read the quotes on freedom, to breath in the heady smell of rubber, and to take note of the conversations – some fraught, some dejected — happening between the still, silent figures.”

Natalia Bradshaw, TWT’s Art Advisor and Curator noted Ciara Phillip’s work as a favourite: “I loved Ciara Phillips’s Workshop which transforms an entire room in the MCA into a printing workshop where members of the community are invited to make art alongside the artist. Not only is the workshop an opportunity to be playful, it also has a serious remit: to comment on the historical use of printmaking politically.”

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April 20, 2018

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents new work by Jan Nelson

Image: Jan Nelson, Black River Running #4, 2017. Oil on linen, 74 x 57 cm. Photo: Mark Ashkanasy. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents Black River Running, a solo exhibition by Australian artist Jan Nelson. The exhibition will run from 27 April to 26 May 2018.

For nearly two decades Jan Nelson has meticulously created paintings that concentrate deeply on the role of the visual in the construction and experience of an adolescent self.

Image: Jan Nelson, Black River Running #4, 2017. Oil on linen, 74 x 57 cm. Photo: Mark Ashkanasy. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents Black River Running, a solo exhibition by Australian artist Jan Nelson. The exhibition will run from 27 April to 26 May 2018.

For nearly two decades Jan Nelson has meticulously created paintings that concentrate deeply on the role of the visual in the construction and experience of an adolescent self. In contemporary times, this concern is more relevant as it has ever been. For her new series Black River Running, Nelson splices and cuts from various sources to create a simulation of the real, an exquisite corpse upon which our worldly anxieties are projected: nuclear blasts, the failure of capitalism, cyber attacks, metadata and the encroachment of the online into everyday existence.

In the age of the curated self-exemplified by; selfies, Instagram, Tumblr and Snapchat, the critical developmental phase of adolescent self-actualisation is now mediated by smartphone screens and subsumed into the online. Screens play a vital role in the crafting of Nelson’s distinctive aesthetic.  The monitor’s high-definition projection of her hybridised portraits, sets a perfectionist bar, which she then sets out to meet through the slowly evolving task of painting. This labour of human hand, Nelson perceives as a performative act, exposing the gap between the constant striving towards digitised perfection and the flawed reality of our idiosyncratic humanity.

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April 18, 2018

PINCHGUT OPERA PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF HANDEL’S STRIKING AND POLITICAL ATHALIA

Australia’s only Baroque opera company, the acclaimed Pinchgut Opera, will present a striking new production of Handel’s Athalia, at City Recital Hall Sydney, with four performances from 21 until 26 June 2018 marking the first time that the opera has ever been staged in Australia. Maestro Erin Helyard describes the composer as “a poet of the human heart” and the richly dramatic opera as “a hotbed of intrigue and devious characters”.

Directed by Lindy Hume, with design by Melanie Liertz, lighting by Matthew Marshall, and with Pinchgut Artistic Director Erin Helyard conducting from the harpsichord, this production reunites much of the phenomenal creative team from Pinchgut’s 2016 lauded production of Handel’s Theodora.Debuting for Pinchgut in Athalia are Australian-born soprano Emma Pearson in the title role, South African-born countertenor Clint van der Linde taking the role of Joad and thirteen-year-old Freddy Shaw as Joas.

Australia’s only Baroque opera company, the acclaimed Pinchgut Opera, will present a striking new production of Handel’s Athalia, at City Recital Hall Sydney, with four performances from 21 until 26 June 2018 marking the first time that the opera has ever been staged in Australia. Maestro Erin Helyard describes the composer as “a poet of the human heart” and the richly dramatic opera as “a hotbed of intrigue and devious characters”.

Directed by Lindy Hume, with design by Melanie Liertz, lighting by Matthew Marshall, and with Pinchgut Artistic Director Erin Helyard conducting from the harpsichord, this production reunites much of the phenomenal creative team from Pinchgut’s 2016 lauded production of Handel’s Theodora.Debuting for Pinchgut in Athalia are Australian-born soprano Emma Pearson in the title role, South African-born countertenor Clint van der Linde taking the role of Joad and thirteen-year-old Freddy Shaw as Joas. Other artists include Pinchgut favourites Miriam Allan, Brenton Spiteri and David Greco.

Thu 21 June 7pm | Sat 23 June 2pm | Sun 24 June 5pm | Tue 26 June 7pm | City Recital Hall Sydney

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April 16, 2018

THE NATIONAL ANNOUNCES 2019 CURATORS AND EXHIBITION DATES

Image: Rose Nolan, Big Words – To keep going, breathing helps (circle work), 2016–17, installation view, The National 2017: New Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photograph: Ken Leanfore.

The curators for the second edition of The National: New Australian Art 2019 were announced today by the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA).

Staged concurrently at three of Sydney’s premier cultural institutions from 30 March 2019, The National: New Australian Art 2019 presents a joint curatorial vision of emerging, mid-career and established artists drawn from around the country, including Australian artists practicing overseas.

Image: Rose Nolan, Big Words – To keep going, breathing helps (circle work), 2016–17, installation view, The National 2017: New Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photograph: Ken Leanfore.

The curators for the second edition of The National: New Australian Art 2019 were announced today by the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA).

Staged concurrently at three of Sydney’s premier cultural institutions from 30 March 2019, The National: New Australian Art 2019 presents a joint curatorial vision of emerging, mid-career and established artists drawn from around the country, including Australian artists practicing overseas.

The curators for The National: New Australian Art 2019 are: Isobel Parker Philip, Curator of Photographs at the AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Senior Curator of Visual Arts at Carriageworks; Clothilde Bullen, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections and Exhibitions at the MCA; and Anna Davis, Curator at the MCA.

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March 28, 2018

National Trust announces program for 2018 Australian Heritage Festival

The National Trust has announced that almost 1,000 events have been registered for the 2018 Australian Heritage Festival.

The nation-wide Festival is the largest and longest-running grassroots festival celebrating Australia’s historic, natural, indigenous and multicultural heritage.

Now in its 38th year, the Australian Heritage Festival invites Australians to engage with their culture and heritage through a dynamic program presented across all States and Territories from 18 April to 20 May, 2018.

The National Trust has announced that almost 1,000 events have been registered for the 2018 Australian Heritage Festival.

The nation-wide Festival is the largest and longest-running grassroots festival celebrating Australia’s historic, natural, indigenous and multicultural heritage.

Now in its 38th year, the Australian Heritage Festival invites Australians to engage with their culture and heritage through a dynamic program presented across all States and Territories from 18 April to 20 May, 2018. The Festival is supported by the Australian Government through the National Trust Partnerships Program.

This year’s theme is “My Culture, My Story” and celebrates the diversity of the cultures that have shaped Australian Heritage. The events showcase the breadth of the cultures in Australia as well as the places that are truly unique, on our National Heritage list.

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March 21, 2018

Gail Hastings and Adrian McDonald awarded 2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

Image: Gail Hastings, colour circle: four colour scheme for a room (2018), lead pencil and acrylic polymer on wood, 120 x 240 x 3 cm. Image courtesy the artist and the National Art School. Photo: Robin Hearfeld

The 2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize was today awarded to Melbourne-based artist Gail Hastings and Sydney-based emerging artist Adrian McDonald. Celebrating its 22nd year, the Prize is among Australia’s best-known art awards, spanning all mediums and offering a total of $36,000 in prize money.

Image: Gail Hastings, colour circle: four colour scheme for a room (2018), lead pencil and acrylic polymer on wood, 120 x 240 x 3 cm. Image courtesy the artist and the National Art School. Photo: Robin Hearfeld

The 2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize was today awarded to Melbourne-based artist Gail Hastings and Sydney-based emerging artist Adrian McDonald. Celebrating its 22nd year, the Prize is among Australia’s best-known art awards, spanning all mediums and offering a total of $36,000 in prize money. Hastings was awarded the established artist category ($25,000) for colour circle: four colour scheme for a room (2018) and McDonald was awarded the emerging artist category ($10,000) for Approximating a Circle (2018). The Viewer’s Choice Award of $1,000 is to be announced in May at the end of the exhibition.

Gail Hastings has been working and exhibiting since 1989. Her rigorous and deeply-committed practice is informed by a complex spatial investigation from the 1960s that the artist and others believe has been miscalled ‘minimalism’. Her works, which she describes as ‘sculptural situations’, or ‘sculptuations’, call our attention to a real space made active through its co-extension with an aesthetic space of objects and form, with colour and text that engage the viewers’ imagination. Her ‘sculptuations’ are like ‘passages’ of thought that meander through rooms with walls, where we find ‘ourselves’ physically wandering, while wondering. The viewer’s ‘engagement’ becomes an unfolding plot that turns back on itself: her work is poetic, witty and always visually accomplished.

Adrian McDonald was awarded the emerging artist prize for his compelling and pared-back painting, Approximating a Circle (2018).  McDonald is a Sydney-based artist who has been exhibiting since 2003, a painter whose work may be characterised as a mode of philosophical reflection, inspired by the formal language of music. Appearing as a series of fine, raised lines on a raw linen surface, McDonald’s painting explores unseen spaces and speaks of the pauses, silences and purity of harmony, conveyed in the gaps between the lines on the canvas. The artist sees his painting as an ongoing exploration of complex relationships between beauty, truth and freedom as they relate to the historical origins of both abstract and concrete art.

 

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March 20, 2018

ST. VINCENT TO HEADLINE VIVID SYDNEY 2018 AT CARRIAGEWORKS

Image: St. Vincent by Nedda Afsari

Sydney, Australia: Carriageworks today announced a program of contemporary music, immersive visual experiences and a global design forum that will animate the multi-arts precinct for Vivid Sydney 2018. Grammy award-winning artist St Vincent is confirmed to headline the program alongside design forum Semi Permanent, music video festival CLIPPED and the return of Fuzzy’s legendary Curve Ball. This is the fifth year Carriageworks has presented a program for Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.

Image: St. Vincent by Nedda Afsari

Sydney, Australia: Carriageworks today announced a program of contemporary music, immersive visual experiences and a global design forum that will animate the multi-arts precinct for Vivid Sydney 2018. Grammy award-winning artist St Vincent is confirmed to headline the program alongside design forum Semi Permanent, music video festival CLIPPED and the return of Fuzzy’s legendary Curve Ball. This is the fifth year Carriageworks has presented a program for Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.

Headlining the Vivid line-up at Carriageworks is one of the most compelling artists of a generation, St. Vincent aka Annie Clark. St. Vincent has released five albums to worldwide critical acclaim, including 2014’s Best Alternative Album Grammy winning St. Vincent and, most recently, last year’s MASSEDUCTION.

As with its predecessors, MASSEDUCTION has earned an ecstatic reception from critics and fans alike. Cracking the Australian top 20, MASSEDUCTION was named the #1 album of 2017 by the likes of The New York Times and the Guardian, who noted”Annie Clark makes a rock-star power play by embracing thrilling glam traditions while producing something strange, new and unequivocally moving.” St. Vincent has also collaborated with the likes of David Byrne, made her debut at the Oscars playing guitar for Sufjan Stevens; and made her directorial debut with a short horror film The Birthday Party.

Semi Permanent, 24 – 26 May
Clipped Music Video Festival, Sat 2 June
Curve Ball, Sat 16 June
St. Vincent, Sun 17 June

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March 20, 2018

National Art School announces new partnership with APY Art Centre Collective

Image: Mitakiki Men’s Collaborative, acrylic on linen,198cmx198cm, Tjala Arts, 2018 Photo credit: Tjala Arts for the APY Art Centre Collective

The National Art School today announced a new partnership with APY Art Centre Collective, working together on the APY Photography Program, the APY Weapons for the Soldier program, and a collaborative APY and National Art School art skills development program.

The APY Art Centre Collective is a group of ten Indigenous owned and governed enterprises.

Image: Mitakiki Men’s Collaborative, acrylic on linen,198cmx198cm, Tjala Arts, 2018 Photo credit: Tjala Arts for the APY Art Centre Collective

The National Art School today announced a new partnership with APY Art Centre Collective, working together on the APY Photography Program, the APY Weapons for the Soldier program, and a collaborative APY and National Art School art skills development program.

The APY Art Centre Collective is a group of ten Indigenous owned and governed enterprises. Located in the APY Lands, they work with a united vision and voice on strategic business initiatives and collaborative artistic projects.

Their latest venture is the APY Gallery down the road from the National Art School in Darlinghurst, which will be launched on 23 March 2018. The APY Gallery is a platform for emerging Indigenous Artists from the APY Art Centre Collective to connect with a wide audience outside of their remote communities, gain professional development opportunities and build a network within the art industry supporting them to pursue successful careers in the arts.

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March 7, 2018

TWT Creative Precinct’s 2018 Block Party returns during Art Month Sydney

Image: Tim Da Rin

This March, as part of Art Month Sydney, TWT Creative Precinct presents 2018 Block Party, a one-night only, free arts event spread across three blocks in St Leonards on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. The annual event will be held on Friday 23 March from 5pm until 10pm, providing open access for Sydneysiders to experience to the TWT Creative Precinct – home to more than 70 local artists – and a dynamic program of exhibitions, performances, music and workshops for all ages.

Image: Tim Da Rin

This March, as part of Art Month Sydney, TWT Creative Precinct presents 2018 Block Party, a one-night only, free arts event spread across three blocks in St Leonards on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. The annual event will be held on Friday 23 March from 5pm until 10pm, providing open access for Sydneysiders to experience to the TWT Creative Precinct – home to more than 70 local artists – and a dynamic program of exhibitions, performances, music and workshops for all ages.

2018 Block Party brings to life the TWT Creative Precinct, one of the largest creative workspace precincts in Australia spread across three-blocks in St Leonards between Atchison and Chandos Streets. The event invites guests to follow a trail through the artist studios, to experience an eclectic program of exhibitions, performance, music and workshops. Highlights include: a roller racing event; art market: projected drawing and dance performance; the Lonely Kids Club fashion parade; a chocolate hunt; Spacejunk puppetshow; and live music by Collective Sound.

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February 27, 2018

BONHAMS AUSTRALIA DISCOVER RARE 17TH CENTURY CHINESE ALBUM OF LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS FOUND IN GEELONG FAMILY HOME

Image: Yun Shouping (1633 – 1690) Album of Ten Landscapes

Bonhams Australia have consigned a rare Chinese album to be sold in the forthcoming Chinese Paintings sale in Hong Kong in April 2018. Discovered in a family’s home outside Geelong, Victoria, the album is estimated value is between HK$2.3M (372,000 AUD) to HK$3.3M (534,000 AUD)

Including ten leaves of landscapes painted in different styles, some ink and some colour, by Yun Shouping (1633 – 1690), the album survived the fall of imperial China in the 1910s, the Sino-Japanese war and civil war in China during the 1930s and 40s, the Cultural Revolution, and the largest earthquake of the 20th century by death toll in 1976.

Image: Yun Shouping (1633 – 1690) Album of Ten Landscapes

Bonhams Australia have consigned a rare Chinese album to be sold in the forthcoming Chinese Paintings sale in Hong Kong in April 2018. Discovered in a family’s home outside Geelong, Victoria, the album is estimated value is between HK$2.3M (372,000 AUD) to HK$3.3M (534,000 AUD)

Including ten leaves of landscapes painted in different styles, some ink and some colour, by Yun Shouping (1633 – 1690), the album survived the fall of imperial China in the 1910s, the Sino-Japanese war and civil war in China during the 1930s and 40s, the Cultural Revolution, and the largest earthquake of the 20th century by death toll in 1976. Despite this, the album remains in good condition and bears seals of famous collectors dated from the 19th century to the 20th century on all leaves of the album.

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February 26, 2018

Biennale of Sydney offers Public Preview of its 21st edition featuring exclusive artist talks and extended opening hours

Sydney, Australia: The Biennale of Sydney has invited residents of New South Wales to an advance full-day preview of its 21st edition offering a first look at the work of 70 artists and artist collectives from around the world across six Biennale venues on Wednesday, 14 March 2018, before the exhibition officially opens on 16 March.

Residents who register to attend the free Sydney Preview event will be among the first to experience SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement curated by Artistic Director Mami Kataoka.

Sydney, Australia: The Biennale of Sydney has invited residents of New South Wales to an advance full-day preview of its 21st edition offering a first look at the work of 70 artists and artist collectives from around the world across six Biennale venues on Wednesday, 14 March 2018, before the exhibition officially opens on 16 March.

Residents who register to attend the free Sydney Preview event will be among the first to experience SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement curated by Artistic Director Mami Kataoka. They will have the opportunity to engage with visiting international and Australian artists through a free program of artist talks during extended hours at the following Biennale venues: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Image: Eija-Liisa Ahtila, POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE – MAHDOLLINEN RAKKAUS, 2018

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February 22, 2018

Chinese artist Xia Hang to create permanent public artwork for Sydney

Renowned contemporary artist Xia Hang has been commissioned to create a major new public art work for Sydney by TWT Property Group. Xia Hang’s Memory Tree commission will see the creation of a six-metre-high ‘tree’ out of intricate metal-work and kinetic-lighting in an Ultimo laneway in inner Sydney.

The Beijing-based Chinese artist, whose work is included in the White Rabbit Gallery collection and was featured in Bondi’s Sculpture by the Sea in 2017, is celebrated for his intricate sculptures created from stainless-steel parts that he individually designs and makes.

Renowned contemporary artist Xia Hang has been commissioned to create a major new public art work for Sydney by TWT Property Group. Xia Hang’s Memory Tree commission will see the creation of a six-metre-high ‘tree’ out of intricate metal-work and kinetic-lighting in an Ultimo laneway in inner Sydney.

The Beijing-based Chinese artist, whose work is included in the White Rabbit Gallery collection and was featured in Bondi’s Sculpture by the Sea in 2017, is celebrated for his intricate sculptures created from stainless-steel parts that he individually designs and makes.

Memory Tree will be the first permanent public artwork for Xia Hang, who studied at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and has exhibited at Art Basel Miami, in Singapore, Moscow, ART Taipei and ART Singapore.

Xia Hang’s sculptures are inspired by his childhood love of animations such as the Transformers television series, which steered him towards a style he refers to as ‘Steampunk’ – the melding of ancient and traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery with virtual reality.

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February 6, 2018

2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize artist pairings announced

Image: Vivienne Binns, Urban Graph, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 130 x 165 cm Courtesy the artist and Sutton Projects, Melbourne

The Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2018 today announced 19 pairings of contemporary Australian and New Zealand artists, selected by Guest Curator and artist Nike Savvas, to present work in the 22nd annual prize exhibition at Sydney’s National Art School Gallery from 15 March until 12 May 2018.

The 2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize features the work of 19 established and 19 emerging contemporary artists or artist duos.

Image: Vivienne Binns, Urban Graph, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 130 x 165 cm Courtesy the artist and Sutton Projects, Melbourne

The Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2018 today announced 19 pairings of contemporary Australian and New Zealand artists, selected by Guest Curator and artist Nike Savvas, to present work in the 22nd annual prize exhibition at Sydney’s National Art School Gallery from 15 March until 12 May 2018.

The 2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize features the work of 19 established and 19 emerging contemporary artists or artist duos. They include some of the Australia’s brightest contemporary art stars: Vivienne Binns OAM whose work is included in Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; acclaimed Australian Indigenous artist Richard Bell; Agatha Gothe-Snape, recipient of the 2016 Biennale of Sydney Legacy Artwork and Jenny Watson, who last year was honoured with a major survey exhibition at the MCA Australia.

The pairings of established and emerging artists for the 2018 Prize, who will present work at the National Art School exhibition, are:
Richard Bell & Megan Cope
Vivienne Binns OAM & Jacob Potter
Vicente Butron & Gemma Avery
Richard Dunn & Adrian McDonald
Sarah Goffman & Connie Anthes
Agatha Gothe-Snape & Aodhan Madden
Gail Hastings & Dan McCabe
Tim Johnson & Hayley Megan French
Lindy Lee & Kath Fries
Hilarie Mais & Conor O’Shea
Stephen Little & Joe Wilson and Chanelle Collier
Jonny Niesche & Mason Kimber
John Nixon & Lucina Lane
Rose Nolan & Renee Cosgrave
Kerrie Poliness & Melissa Deerson
Elizabeth Pulie & Zoe Marni-Robertson
Huseyin Sami & Consuelo Cavaniglia
David Serisier & Oliver Wagner
Jenny Watson & Annie O’Rourke

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January 29, 2018

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES 2018 KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD PUBLIC PROGRAM

Image: Eszter Salamon, Replay, Dancehouse, 2018. Katrin Schoof

Carriageworks today announced the public program for the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award (KCA), Australia’s first major choreographic award, in partnership with The Keir Foundation, Dancehouse and Australia Council for the Arts. From 27 February – 20 March 2018, the diverse public program expands on the Keir Choreographic Awards Sydney season and includes performances, workshops and discussions engaging the 2018 KCA jurors.

Highlights of the program include the Australian premiere of an evening of solo works from acclaimed choreographer and performer Meg Stuart at Carriageworks and two workshops in Western Sydney in association with Campbelltown Arts Centre; Black Dance facilitated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, US choreographer and improviser; and Little Orange Workshop with celebrated Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin for emerging Western Sydney artists with disabilities.

Image: Eszter Salamon, Replay, Dancehouse, 2018. Katrin Schoof

Carriageworks today announced the public program for the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award (KCA), Australia’s first major choreographic award, in partnership with The Keir Foundation, Dancehouse and Australia Council for the Arts. From 27 February – 20 March 2018, the diverse public program expands on the Keir Choreographic Awards Sydney season and includes performances, workshops and discussions engaging the 2018 KCA jurors.

Highlights of the program include the Australian premiere of an evening of solo works from acclaimed choreographer and performer Meg Stuart at Carriageworks and two workshops in Western Sydney in association with Campbelltown Arts Centre; Black Dance facilitated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, US choreographer and improviser; and Little Orange Workshop with celebrated Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin for emerging Western Sydney artists with disabilities.

Hungarian choreographer, dancer and performer, Eszter Salamon will speak at the National Gallery of Australia; present a seminar in conjunction with the University of New South Wales and lead a choreographic lab at Critical Path, Sydney.

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January 12, 2018

Artspace launches year-long online exhibition

Image – Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

This January, as part of Sydney Festival Artspace presents a series of actions by artists to launch the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS series, a year-long online exhibition that will respond to the urgent political circumstances of our times. The exhibition will see the creation of 52 new artworks in 52 unique locations throughout Asia that will be shared globally via Instagram and online @52artists52actions and www.52artists52actions.com

Australian artist, Richard Bell launched the exhibition, from 8 – 15 January, scrutinizing the Australian government’s stance on nuclear weapons.

Image – Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

This January, as part of Sydney Festival Artspace presents a series of actions by artists to launch the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS series, a year-long online exhibition that will respond to the urgent political circumstances of our times. The exhibition will see the creation of 52 new artworks in 52 unique locations throughout Asia that will be shared globally via Instagram and online @52artists52actions and www.52artists52actions.com

Australian artist, Richard Bell launched the exhibition, from 8 – 15 January, scrutinizing the Australian government’s stance on nuclear weapons. From 15 – 22 January, Turkish artist Hera Büyüktaşçıyan posts images of architectural elements from various geographies and timelines to narrate shared memories of invisibility and loss, and internationally renowned South Korean collective Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, known for their use of animated texts set to their own music, will deliver their action ‘Discovering God’ from 22 – 29 January 2018.

52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS is curated and instigated by Artspace in Sydney, working with an extensive network of artists, collaborators and agitators from across Asia. Every week for one year Artspace will invite a different artist to respond to a current political or social issue in the form of an action to build awareness around important concerns locally and globally.

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January 9, 2018

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES NIGHT MARKET CURATED BY KYLIE KWONG WITH NEWLY COMMISSIONED ARTWORK

Carriageworks today announced the line-up for the Night Market, showcasing locally-sourced seasonal produce and Australian ingredients prepared by some of Australia’s best chefs. Curated by acclaimed Australian chef and Carriageworks Ambassador, Kylie Kwong, the Night Market on Friday 9 February will feature more than 60 food, beverage and produce stalls promoting uniquely Australian ingredients alongside free cooking demonstrations from leading chefs and Indigenous food specialists. Visitors will be entertained by local DJs; a live performance by internationally renowned Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin performing her piece for piano, ‘Road to Harvest’, written for the Fair Trade movement; and will witness the unveiling of a newly commissioned artwork by women artists from Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, created in response to the theme of the Night Market.

Carriageworks today announced the line-up for the Night Market, showcasing locally-sourced seasonal produce and Australian ingredients prepared by some of Australia’s best chefs. Curated by acclaimed Australian chef and Carriageworks Ambassador, Kylie Kwong, the Night Market on Friday 9 February will feature more than 60 food, beverage and produce stalls promoting uniquely Australian ingredients alongside free cooking demonstrations from leading chefs and Indigenous food specialists. Visitors will be entertained by local DJs; a live performance by internationally renowned Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin performing her piece for piano, ‘Road to Harvest’, written for the Fair Trade movement; and will witness the unveiling of a newly commissioned artwork by women artists from Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, created in response to the theme of the Night Market.

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January 8, 2018

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents Isaac Julien: ‘Film-Noir Angels’ Looking for Langston

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents the exhibition, Isaac Julien: ‘Film-Noir Angels’ Looking for Langston, as part of the official program of Sydney’s 40th Mardi Gras Festival.

Presented from 23 January until 3 March 2018, the exhibition features Julien’s award-winning film Looking for Langston (1989), which will be presented as part of the solo exhibition of his newly conceived, large-scale photographs as well as originals silver gelatin photographic works.

Looking for Langston (1989), shot in sumptuous monochrome, is a lyrical exploration of the private world of Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) and his fellow black artists and writers who formed the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s.

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents the exhibition, Isaac Julien: ‘Film-Noir Angels’ Looking for Langston, as part of the official program of Sydney’s 40th Mardi Gras Festival.

Presented from 23 January until 3 March 2018, the exhibition features Julien’s award-winning film Looking for Langston (1989), which will be presented as part of the solo exhibition of his newly conceived, large-scale photographs as well as originals silver gelatin photographic works.

Looking for Langston (1989), shot in sumptuous monochrome, is a lyrical exploration of the private world of Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) and his fellow bl